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Scottish Government rejects Perth incinerator proposals

The Scottish Government has rejected plans for a 90,000 tonne capacity energy from waste (EfW) facility in Perth.

British-owned Grundon Waste Management (GWM), the company behind the plans to develop the plant at Shore road, was “disappointed” by the Scottish Ministers’ decision to turn down its application to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA).

GWM said the facility would have contributed towards the Scottish target of sending zero waste to landfill, boosted the local economy and provided jobs.

The firm made an appeal after Perth and Kinross council refused planning permission for the site in March 2011.

However, the Scottish Government followed the recommendations of a public inquiry late last year that did not support the appeal, according to Perth and Kinross council.

Perth and Kinross council leader, Cllr Ian Miller welcomed the decision and said: “This is very good news for Perth and its environment. We are presently considering the details of the decision report from the DPEA.”

Responding to the decision, GWM’s estates director Andrew Short said: “Our revised proposal of May 2011 addressed everything that had been asked of us in the DPEA Reporter’s conclusion on the previous appeal. Taken together with all the additional information and technical assessments we produced, we were confident that the Scottish Ministers would recognise both the suitability and the sustainability of our proposals.”

He added that this was a “missed opportunity for both Perth and Scotland.”

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