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'No U-turn' over waste plant plan

Artist's impression of waste incinerator
The plant would be built near Perth City Centre

Planning consent for a £100m waste incinerator should not be revoked, a council report has recommended.

Grundon Waste Management wants to build the incinerator, which has a 90,000 tonne capacity, near Perth city centre. Councillors rejected the bid last year.

Local groups also wanted the initial consent for the plant, granted by the council in 2006, to be revoked.

But the report said this would not be the best way to fight an appeal by the company over the planning refusal.

It will be presented to a special meeting of Perth and Kinross Council on 24 March.

Councillors voted against the plans for an "energy from waste" plant at Shore Road in Perth in November 2009.

'Strong grounds'

The plan was rejected on eight grounds, including objections to the size of the site and an 80m (262ft)-high chimney stack.

Grundon Waste Management has appealed against the decision.

Council depute chief executive Jim Irons, the report's author, said he believed the decision to reject the application was "sound".

He said: "We are confident that we have strong grounds on which to fight the reserved matters appeal.

"We also have landlord rights over the land, which puts us in a strong position."

The report said an application to revoke outline consent would have to go to the Scottish government, which would take the decision out of the council's control.

And Mr Irons said revocation could result in the council having to pay compensation.

He added: "It should also be noted that the outline consent has a limited life. Any further reserved matters applications would need to be submitted before 14 June 2010, or within six months of the dismissal of an appeal.

"If they are not, the outline consent will expire and will no longer exist."

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