Scottish CHP plant facing legal challenge

Combined Power and Heat (Highlands) Ltd has seen its plan for a combined heat and power plant at Easter Ross, Scotland become the subject of a fresh legal challenge.

The company submitted an application for the incinerator in Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth, which would be capable of providing heat and power for 10,000 homes.
Mohamed Al-Fayed
However a legal challenge is to go ahead into a planning reporter s decision to approve the $69m waste incinerator.

Two possible grounds have been given to the Highland Council for a case at the Court of Session.

It was refused by the council in August 2009 because of local fears emissions could cause health problems, and over the increase in traffic on the A9. It has also been opposed from the start by the nearby Highland estate of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Highland Council refused permission in 2009, but the developers successfully appealed to ministers, who granted permission. But a legal challenge by Mr Al Fayed led to the staging of a public inquiry.

The inquiry reporter Richard Dent recently concluded that although public concern was widespread and sincere, it did not warrant the refusal of planning permission.

Highland councillors agreed last week that the local authority should appeal.

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