Shore Energy wins legal fight to develop pyrolysis facility


A judicial review has been won by Shore Energy following an appeal by North Lanarkshire Council against planning permission for a pyrolysis facility.

North Lanarkshire Council mounted the legal challenge against the decision by Reporters acting for Scottish Ministers to grant planning permission, but this appeal was rejected by the Court of Sessions.


The company originally won planning permission last year for a 160,000 tonne per year recycling facility and pyrolysis plant, but following local objections North Lanarkshire Council’s planning and transportation committee later put it forward to judicial review.

Shore Energy managing director Simon Howie said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this judicial review.

“We look forward to demonstrating that the extra processing capacity of this facility will deliver real choice as well as a competitive landscape for the local councils and commercial operators which will help keep the costs down for local taxpayers, especially in light of the massive landfill tax costs which Scotland faces over the coming years.

“I would hope that the councillors and protestors will accept this decision so that we can all move forward without any further unnecessary cost and delay.”

The council has 21 days to appeal from the decision. Shore Energy also won planning permission last year to build a facility in Inverness.