• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Incinerator plan to be approved

Plans for a controversial incinerator look certain to be approved, despite opposition from the local community.

An inquiry concluded that although public concern was sincere over the £43 million facility, proposed for the Cromarty Firth Industrial Estate at Invergordon, it did not warrant the refusal of consent.

Combined Power and Heat (Highlands) Ltd submitted an application for the incinerator in Invergordon, which would be capable of providing heat and power for 10,000 homes.

But in August 2009, against the advice of planning officials, it was refused as councillors recognised concerns for traffic on the A9 and that emissions could cause health problems.

However, permission was then granted by Ministers in 2010, following an appeal.

A Court of Session challenge by local landowners followed and judges quashed the planning consents, leading to a public inquiry being called.

Scottish Government reporter Richard Dent has now completed the inquiry report and has concluded the facility can be built following a fresh environmental impact study.

Contextual targeting label: 
Environment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

128420