Councillors are deciding whether to grant permission for a controversial recycling centre next to Aberdeen’s largest park.
SITA has faced protests by local people opposed to its plans to build a household waste recycling centre on the 1.2 hectare site at Grove Nursery in Hazlehead.
The planning application, which has been recommended for approval by planning officers, was the subject of a public hearing in November attended by 200 members of the public.
Council planners have received more than 250 objections and more than 1,000 people have signed petitions. Opponents say the facility will cause traffic, noise and smells. Aberdeen Council have said the centre will not receive food waste and will not process any waste on site.
Hazlehead councillor Martin Greig told the Aberdeen Citizen: “The recommendation goes completely against what people are saying about the park.”
Head of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr Margaret Bochel said in a report recommending the application: “It is recognised that this is a controversial application and a site located on the entrance to the largest public park in the city is less than optimal in the eyes of the objectors.
“However, the layout and operation of the site has been designed to a very high standard such that the site operations will be well screened from external view and have minimal visible effect on the setting of the park.”
SITA told the public hearing the facility is necessary to raise the city’s recycling rate from 40% to 70%.