Note: for the committee decision, see the story published on January 21
A new building which would release nuclear waste into the Gareloch looks set to win approval– despite more than 700 objections.
The Ministry of Defence proposals for HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane – first revealed here – will be decided by members of Argyll and Bute Council on Wednesday.
Planning officials have recommended the nuclear support hub building for approval, pointing out that 97% of the 732 objectors do not live in the area.
The two-storey building, 45 metres long and 31 metres wide, will replace older facilities treating waste from nuclear-powered submarines.
Environment agency SEPA had no objections to the plan, saying radioactivity levels near the base were already within agreed limits and the new building would reduce the levels still further.
A report by head of planning and regulatory services Angus Gilmour lists the reasons given by objectors, which include opposition to nuclear weapons and to the Faslane base being extended, but says ‘political comments are not material to the determination of this planning application’.
It adds: “As this is a planning application, the acceptability of the proposal relates to land use issues and its compliance with the adopted development plan.”
Approval is recommended subject to conditions, including noise assessment and site waste management plans being submitted and approved, ecological mitigation measures being taken and there being no work until the condition of the land and seabed is assessed by the council and any contamination treated.
The 15-member planning, protective services and licensing committee will meet in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.
To view the agenda click here.