Green light for waste plant

Site of new thermo heat plant at Langlee, Galashiels.
Site of new thermo heat plant at Langlee, Galashiels.
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A waste management plant which could eventually see heat supplied to local houses has been approved by councillors.

The advanced thermal treatment facility will be part of the already consented mechanical and biological treatment plant to be built north of Easter Langlee.

The development will include a 23m high chimney, but councillors were told that this would not emit anything 
visible.

The council’s landscape architect was also satisfied that views of the chimney will be limited due to existing and proposed planning.

The process by which the plant will treat certain waste materials, which would otherwise have had to be transported off the site, will create heat and electricity.

It is proposed that the heat element could be used for a district heating system, with the electricity sent to the grid.

Members of the planning committee agreed to give permission in principle, pending the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issuing the necessary licence to New Earth Solutions to operate the plant.

Welcoming the advancements the plant could bring, Councillor Jim Fullarton said: “I think that New Earth Solutions at Langlee will be first class, world leading and needs every bit of help to push it forward.”