Plans submitted for new waste water plant on Seil

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Plans have been submitted for a new waste water treatment works on the island of Seil.

Scottish Water’s plans for the site are currently under scrutiny by Argyll and Bute Council, which has classed it as a major planning application.

The proposed site is on land west of existing works on the island, with the works planned to provide a sustainable waste water treatment solution for the area.

An underground plant, two control kiosks, an administration building and perimeter fence all form part of the proposals, which are expected to be decided on by mid-November.

In a statement in support of their application, Scottish Water says: ‘The proposal was chosen following extensive community consultation and independent review as the best option for delivery of this essential community infrastructure.

‘The location is sufficient distance from the main principal coastal route through Seil, the scenic qualities of which are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

‘The design will make best use of the existing waste water treatment works infrastructure to build in resilience for storm storage, whilst allowing for the removal of much of the above ground infrastructure to tidy up the site and improve on the general level of amenity.

‘The design of the new site makes best use of local topography and with low building height, mono-pitch roof and associated landscaping, will prevent any significant impact on landscape and visual amenity for residents and visitors who may access the inland countryside area on Seil, or view the landscape from a distance.

‘The route of access has been modified to avoid the best pasture in consultation with the agricultural landowner, and the existing woodland is avoided where possible.

‘A bridge crossing is proposed to fully avoid the peat bog and maintain groundwater. Landscaping and seeding is proposed which would help to enhance the local environment and biodiversity and which can be further refined in consultation with the council biodiversity officer.’

The Scottish Water statement says 12 options had been considered for a waste water treatment solution, with extensive community consultation having taken place for five years.

The document added: ‘The proposed works form part of essential investment by Scottish Water in support of the delivery of a sustainable wastewater treatment to the Isle of Seil, and is designed and located to provide a reliable and resilient wastewater treatment to our customers in the local community.

‘The works have been screened by Scottish Water’s environmental and planning advisors against existing safeguards and constraints, and has been subject to detailed design review and extensive community and stakeholder consultation since 2014, the outcome of which has been used to inform the design proposals.

‘This planning application is submitted with supporting information that we hope is sufficient to demonstrate that the proposal is an acceptable development in community, planning and environmental terms.’