Plans for an anaerobic digestion plant to convert pig manure into energy at Ravelaw Farm have been turned down again, this time by a Scottish Government official.
Reporter Karen Heywood concluded that because of “the lack of specific information on odour and noise”, the energy plant’s deviation from the development plan and its proximity to nearby residential properties “there are no material considerations which would justify granting planning permission”.
Scottish Borders Council rejected the plans, saying: “The proposed development would give rise to unacceptable impacts on the living conditions of neighbouring residents, by particular reason of odour.”
There had been a number of objections from local residents. Although Edrom Allanton and Whitsome Community Council did not object to the plans they did seek clarification that all material for the plant would come from Ravelaw.
Applicant Ivor Gaston took exception to online comments made on Scottish Borders Council’s website about the planning application and responded by saying: “We have taken legal advice regarding posting online libellous statements and intend to have these comments investigated.”
At the time the planning application was made there were between 1,800 and 2,000 pigs at the farm. The plan was for a silage effluent tank and gas holder north of the feedstock building and two anaerobic digesters to the west, plus a liquid digester store with a storage capacity of six months.
A combined heat and generator and a small process building would have been to the north of the piggery building and the liquid digestate store and digesters to the south.