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Scottish Government Face Further Pressure
The Scottish Government have come under more pressure to revoke planning consent for a pyrolysis plant approved for Hamilton.
The waste processor on Whistleberry Road was refused planning permission from South Lanarkshire Council but approved by a Scottish Government- appointed reporter in August.
Blantyre MSP James Kelly raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament, questioning the Scottish Government’s handling of the planning application.
Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for social justice and communities, responded: "The council and many of the councillors have said that they want the decision to be revoked, so I gave the council the opportunity to say whether it would revoke the consent. It has written back to me to say that it has no intention of revoking the application."
Mr Kelly reckons as the council have already refused planning consent, it is unfair to expect them to carry the cost of revoking it. He says Mr Neil does have the power to revoke the decision himself.
South Lanarkshire Council have stated it would more ‘expedient’ for ministers to revoke the application directly.
Mr Kelly said: "This behaviour from the SNP government is unacceptable. To have first reversed the council’s decision and then criticised the council for not taking forward a costly appeal is ridiculous."
Central Scotland MSP Richard Lyle is in agreement with Mr Neil and feels the council should revoke the planning consent. However, he is looking at other routes to keeping the pyrolysis plant out of Whitehill.
He said: "As I understand there are other parties that are interested in this land and I will be working with these organisations to deliver an alternative proposal."
He is also trying to facilitate a meeting between the Scottish Government and the local cross-party working group.