Odour fears scupper energy plant plans

Ravelaw Farm
Ravelaw Farm

Plans for a controversial energy plant near Whitsome have been shelved after being refused by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee.

The application to build a 250kw methane powered electricity generating station at Ravelaw Farm, near Whitsome, was refused by councillors despite being recommended by planning officials.

Some committee members were concerned about possible odour nuisance for local residents.

Scotland’s Planning Policy suggests a 250m ‘buffer zone’ between such works and residential dwellings. However, a recommendation to this effect made by the Scottish Environmental protection Agency (SEPA) as overlooked by planning officials.

The application was made to SBC planners on July 3 this year, after a previous application, made on March 10 this year, had been withdrawn.

The anaerobic digestion sustainable energy facility, was to have made use of agricultural waste to create heat energy and electricity. It would have consisted mainly of underground tanks and a small process building.It was to have sited 40m west of the farm bungalow, and approximately 100m north of the farm cottages.

The second application drew no fewer than 30 official objection comments.