30 March 2021 by James Langley

WH Malcolm’s Glasgow EfW appeal dismissed

Scottish ministers have dismissed logistic company WH Malcolm’s appeal against Glasgow city council’s decision to refuse the firm planning permission for an energy from waste (EfW) plant.

WH Malcolm applied to Glasgow city council for planning permission for a EfW plant in Whiteinch, Glasgow, with the capacity to process 120,000 tonnes of waste per year in March 2015.

The development would represent the “alteration and diversification” of WH Malcolm’s existing waste facility in Glasgow’s west end.

Planning permission was refused in February 2016. A planning permission appeal was lodged in May 2016 and dismissed by Scottish minsters last week (24 March).

A spokesperson for WH Malcolm told letsrecycle.com: “We are aware of the decision on the planning appeal, and we will now take time to carefully consider the reasons set out within the decision notice.”

Based in Linwood, Renfrewshire, and trading as the Malcolm Group, WH Malcolm provides logistic services including road and rail transport, warehousing, waste management solutions, and terminal management.

Decision notice

While ministers accepted the plant would contribute to Zero Waste Plan targets, they dismissed WH Malcolm’s appeal and refused the company planning permission.

The main issues identified in the decision notice covered the height of the proposed flue stack, matters relating to air quality, odour, dust, noise, and traffic, and the possible connection of the plant to a district heat network.

The proposed 230ft chimney would have been one of the largest structures in Glasgow’s west end. Ministers concluded the “adverse visual impacts” of the proposed plant outweighed its benefits.

However, the ministers acknowledged the plant would have been compliant in relation to provisions concerning spatial strategy, air quality, traffic, the natural environment, and recovered energy, including heat.


The Scottish ministers’ decision was welcomed by the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), a network of anti-incineration campaigners founded in 2007.

“Scotland needs to reduce incineration rates to support recycling and waste minimisation”

Shlomo Dowen, UKWIN

Shlomo Dowen, UKWIN’s national coordinator, said: “UKWIN, in conjunction with our Scottish members, celebrate this refusal. We sincerely hope that no additional incineration capacity will be approved for anywhere in Scotland.

“Like the rest of the UK, Scotland needs to reduce incineration rates to support recycling and waste minimisation.”


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