North Lanarkshire fails in bid to get Shore Energy waste facility refused


Scottish appeal judges have refused an application by North Lanarkshire Council to get planning permission for an energy from waste facility overturned.

North Lanarkshire Council refused planning permission for the 160,000 tonnes per year energy from waste plant from Shore Energy last year, but this was overturned on appeal to the Scottish Government.


The authority had rejected the advice of its own planning officials when it rejected the planning application from Shore Energy for a facility based on a landfill site.

Once Scottish Ministers decided the facility should go ahead, North Lanarkshire Council took the case to a Judicial Review at the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh.

In the appeal heard by Lord Mackay, Lady Smith and Lord McEwan, the judges refused to overturn the decision taken by Scottish Ministers.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We are very disappointed at the outcome of the appeal.

“However, the action raised by the council had the full support of elected members across the political spectrum and reflected the wishes of our residents.

“We were arguing complex points of law and, unfortunately for our residents, we have lost.”

Shore Energy now plans to press ahead with the £50 million facility in Coatbridge that will use pyrolysis to treat around 160,000 tonnes of municipal, commercial and industrial waste.