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Scotgen get planning permission for £50m incinerator

A £50 million waste to energy plant has been given planning permission despite receiving more than 20,000 objections.

Councillors in South Lanarkshire have granted planning permission for the controversial Dovesdale plant to be developed by Scotgen.

The firm says the plant, to be built near Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, will use advanced thermal treatment technology including gasification, where gas is mixed with rubbish and ignited to create energy from waste.

Scotgen say the plant will create 50 jobs; process rubbish destined for landfill and create energy to generate electricity for homes and businesses.

The council’s planning committee approved the decision by 14 to nine despite a protest held outside the authority’s headquarters ahead of the meeting.

The authority said a number of factors had been taken into account, one of which was “the current deficit in recycling and resource recovery capacity in South Lanarkshire”.

It also said the plant would create jobs and bring about a “94 per cent diversion of waste from landfill”.

Scotgen will still need to apply for a license from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency before the plan proceeds.

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