Proposed Amendment to Planning Application

Levenseat are currently building a new waste treatment facility at our existing waste management site in Central Scotland, (you can read more about our existing facility and how we are already contributing to Scotland’s zero waste targets here) .Our plans is two phased, phase one is already well under way and phase two was granted planning permission in 2015.

Following further research and with significant developments within the field of Energy from Waste, since the time of gaining planning permission, Levenseat are considering changing the technology selected for phase two. We have notified West Lothian Council of our intention as the plant and technology could change the format of the building enclosing it. As the size and shape of the buildings could change we have therefore assessed the significance of those proposed changes through additional visualisation modelling to consider the visual impact.

A Planning Advise Note (PAN) was submitted on 21st December 2018 for ‘Proposed Thermal Treatment Plant (Phase 2)’. The proposal was also subject to a pre-application consultation event held in Fauldhouse on the 5th February between 12:30 & 18:30. The event was attended by representatives from Fauldhouse Community council, Stoneyburn community council, Whitburn community council.

We briefed our Community Liaison Group of our intention to summit an amendment to planing and we have prepared the documents below to help the local community understand what we are proposing and the significant benefits of the project.


Part of the Bigger Picture

Scotland’s Zero waste plan set out the countries approach to making the most effective use of all resources, it proposes long term targets of recycling 70% of all Scotland’s waste, and only 5% of remaining waste ending up in landfill by 2025.

The Zero Waste Plan aims to achieve the best overall outcomes for Scotland’s environment, by making best practical use of the approach in the waste management hierarchy: waste prevention, reuse, recycling and recovery (including energy recovery).

It recognises that recovering energy and or heat from resources which cannot be reused or recycled can help Scotland achieve its renewable energy goals and provide environmental and economic benefits.

Energy from waste has an important role to play and could contribute to 31% of Scotland’s renewable heat target and 4.3% of our renewable electricity target.

For Scotland to achieve its ambitious recycling and renewable energy targets, it is essential that companies such as Levenseat invest in the appropriate infrastructure to allow for high quality recyclates to be captured and for energy to be recovered from the remaining waste -maximising diversion from landfill.




Planning Application 

The full planning application will be available through the West Lothian Planning Portal.  It may take a little time for it to be made live on the site, the following summary documents have be prepared.

If you have any questions for us please email




        Amendment summary                         Community update phase 1                  Environmental Impact Assessment




More on the subject of recycling and Energy recovery

Fore more information on the subject of recycling and energy from waste please visit the community section of our website. Here you will find many resources on what happens to your waste including information on how we recover recyclables and energy. More information


In case you missed it

For anyone who missed our planing consultation event, you can view the material presented below.