Whisky plant safety risk judged negligible

A negligible risk to public safety means a whisky blending plant at a distillery on the edge of Glenrothes can be granted hazardous substances consent (HSC), a reporter has agreed.

The plant was intended to produce whisky ethanol, which would be transported from the site by up to two road tankers a week for maturation or bottling elsewhere. Planning permission had been granted and the plant had been built, but it still required HSC. The council had failed to determine the application within the two-month period allowed under the Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

The reporter recorded that no objections had been received from consultees and that the Health and Safety Executive had concluded that any risk to the surrounding population was so small that there were no significant reasons for refusing consent on safety grounds. In light of the appellants’ written confirmation that existing consents that needed to be revoked would not be exploited or compensation claimed once the new consent was granted, he approved a replacement HSC.

Reporter: Chris Norman; Written representations

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