CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Waste Management - Waste centre allowed on former opencast site

A proposal for a resource recovery centre and sustainable business park at a former opencast coal site in Fife has been allowed following acceptance that it would meet the relevant provisions in national, structure and local plan policies.

The development included a materials recycling facility contained within a building of 15,000 sq m, a green composting facility and some landfill.

The site was subject to a comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation plan. During the appeal inquiry, the Scottish ministers directed that deemed permission should be granted for a gas-fired power station on adjacent land The local authority objected to the proposal on grounds of incompatibility with the self-sufficiency and proximity principles in handling waste, environmental impact and inconsistency with the aims of sustainable development.

But the reporter concluded that the proposal complied with the requirements of the national waste strategy, the area waste plan and relevant local plan policies. He also found that there would be no significant detrimental health effect on residents or local communities.

DCS No: 42280131; Reporter: David Russell: Inquiry.

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