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Site Visit - Scottish Gas Network, Greenbank Crescent - 160276
The Committee conducted a site visit prior to the Hearing. The Committee was addressed by Mr Nicholas Lawrence, Senior Planner and summarised the proposal for the overall site.
The Convener explained that the Committee would return to the Town House to commence the Hearing.
ENERGY FROM WASTE FACILITY - ERECTION OF ENERGY FROM WASTE FACILITY, VEHICULAR AND NON-VENHICULAR ACCESSES, ANCILLARY BUILDINGS, ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND LANDSCAPING AT SCOTTISH GAS NETWORK, GREENBANK CRESCENT ABERDEEN - 160276 PDF 454 KB
Planning Reference Number – 160276
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The Hearing was opened by the Convener who extended a warm welcome to all present and explained that at the Planning Development Management Committee meeting of 1 June 2016, consideration was given to a report which recommended that a public hearing be arranged, and that this had been agreed.
Gail Beattie, Interim Head of Planning and Sustainable Development, explained that the application would be referred back to Planning Development Management Committee for determination and not Full Council as stated within the report.
The Convener made it clear that the purpose of the Hearing was not to determine the application but to allow all members of Council to consider (1) officers’ objective views of the development; (2) details of the development presented by the developer and their agents; and (3) the views of those who submitted written representations and responded positively to the invitation to speak at the Hearing. The Convener advised that a decision would not be taken today and that the report would be heard at the appropriate committee in due course.
The Convener invited Mr Nicholas Lawrence, Senior Planner, Aberdeen City Council, as the first speaker to address the hearing. Mr Lawrence described the application proposal, advised on the policy background and the main issues arising, and identified the nature of the concerns expressed by consultees and objectors. His presentation to the Committee was in the following terms:-
The proposal before members comprises the demolition of the current gas holder on the site, to be replaced with an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility comprising the following principle elements:-
Other developmental elements include two weightbridges, parking for 22 cars, landscaping, drainage, security and utility lighting.
Regarding the operation of the facility it would process domestic residue municipal waste from the administrative areas of Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Councils. There would be no pre-treatment of waste on site and the combustion process would recover energy from waste in the form of heat.
It was noted that whilst the facility would operate on a continuous basis, it was proposed that the delivery of waste and dispatch of materials would only occur between 07:00 and 19:00 hours Monday to Friday and between 07:00 hours and 13:00 hours on a Saturday. The consequent vehicle movements associated with the operational capacity of the facility would equate to 222 heavy good vehicle movements per week, 40 movements ... view the full minutes text for item 2.