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Plans for an aluminium recycling plant next to the Lochaber Smelter are being recommended for approval at a meeting of Highland Council’s planning committee this week.
Alvance Aluminium would use the recycled metal in a new casting factory to produce up to 100,000 tonnes annually of long round shapes called billets for use in the construction industry.
Metal from the smelter would also be used in the process.
Highland Council planning officers have recommended councillors give the plans the green light.
In it’s conclusion the report states: ‘The council is in agreement with the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report that the construction of an aluminium recycling and billet casting facility, associated hardstanding, infrastructure and landscaping is unlikely to give rise to any new or other significant adverse impact on the environment.
‘The council is satisfied that all environmental effects of this development can be addressed by way of mitigation.’
The recycling and casting plants have been proposed for a site previously to be used for building an alloy wheel factory.
The factory was to be capable of supplying at least one fifth of all wheels required by UK vehicle makers.
But GFG Alliance, owners of the Lochaber Smelter, said there had been a ‘significant decline’ in car manufacturing and shelved the plan last year.
Development of the site must commence within three years.