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Deadline for Scotstoun energy plant appeal submissions is just days away

An appeal has been lodged by the developers behind a proposed energy-from-waste plant in Scotstoun.

O bjectors to a controversial energy-from-waste plant and incinerator have been urged to keep up pressure against the proposals.

The call has gone up in the Scotstoun and Whiteinch areas of the West End where construction company W H Malcolm has lodged an appeal against refusal of the application it received earlier this year.

In February, the city’s planning committee rejected proposals for the gasification plant to be built in South Street after receiving almost 1000 objections.

Controversy: More than 1000 objections were received to the waste plant proposals.

But developers have since appealed that decision, which was returned by councillors even though planning officials had recommended the application be approved.

At the time, the applicants said the reversal was "disappointing".

Concerned individuals and groups have until just this Thursday (June 16) to lodge further submissions over the proposals by W H Malcolm to build a facility in South Street.

Scotstoun Community Council vice chair Malcolm Mitchell said the community would continue to fight the plans to the last.

He said: ”Scotstoun community council is disappointed with the lack of public engagement that has persisted from the initial WH Malcolm proposal and continues now with the appeal.

“We have worked with partner organisations to make local people as aware of this as possible.

"We have found that local people who have been made aware of the proposed gasification unit are overwhelmingly against it and for that reason we will continue to oppose the plans."

The Directorate of Planning & Environmental Appeals recently received the appeal against Glasgow City Council's decision to refuse planning permission.

Tower: The proposals for South Street include plans for a 230-ft high incinerator.

Anyone who received a letter as an objector to the development can make further submissions against the gasification facility.

Construction giants WH Malcolm submitted proposals to develop a waste incinerator in Scotstoun at the site of its current recycling yard.

The development on South Street will see a chimney taller than the Titan crane put up, forming part of the firm's Energy Recovery Facility.

A range of materials will be 'gasified' on site including office waste, plastic, paper and wood.

The planning committee rejected the proposals despite the recommendation of council officers to approve.

At the time, Martin Kiely, managing director of the firm, said the proposed facility was firmly in line with planning policy at both a local and national level.

Reversal: W H Malcolm was disappointed members went against officers' recommendations.

He said in February: ”The Scottish Government has published clear objectives on reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

“This proven technology would help us achieve that target for Glasgow whilst creating energy from waste and ensuring the next generation of jobs continue at an existing waste processing site.

"We will now consider the grounds for refusal before deciding whether to appeal the decision.”

The plans - which included the erection of a 230ft chimney at the site - met no objection from the national environmental protection agency SEPA, which was involved in pre-application discussions.

However, hundreds of locals and community groups accused WH Malcolm of failing to properly consult on the proposals and cited an adverse impact on property values, increase in traffic and proximity to residential areas, schools and community facilities as objections.

No further comment has been made by W H Malcolm so far this week.

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