Commercial extraction of peat bog refused despite its degradation

Permission for the extraction of peat in Fife has been refused as being contrary to local and minerals plan policies, Scottish planning policy and non-compliance with the Management of Extractive Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2010.

400-009-847 (Image Credit: Fife Council)
400-009-847 (Image Credit: Fife Council)

The inspector considered the three tests for peat extraction set out in SPP and afforded them significant weight. He held that although historical damage through human activity had occurred, there was sufficient dry modified bog (57%) and raised degraded bog (30%) capable of natural regeneration to refuse commercial extraction. Additionally, there was no evidence that restoration of the bog was impossible. The inspector also found that a lack of proper environmental assessment relating to drainage, hydrology and carbon dioxide emissions had taken place to assess any environmental impact of extraction, contrary to local and minerals plan policies. Finally no waste management plan had been prepared contrary to the MEWS regulations. Applications for costs by both parties were refused.

Inspector: Christopher Warren; Written Representations

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