widget/exchange-29
widget/exchange-30widget/exchange-33
widget/exchange-31

Environment / Environment agency objects to space centre plans over peat concern

SEPA said it will withdraw its objection if the issue is resolved

THE PROPOSED space port in Unst appears to have another obstacle to overcome after Scotland’s environment agency objected to plans over peat management concerns.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), however, said it would withdraw its objection if the issue can be resolved.

The objection revolves around one of the peat management proposals offered by SaxaVord Spaceport.

SEPA said it does not support the use of peat for a bund at a two-metre height due to the “high likelihood” it would dry out, leading to erosion and carbon loss.

It relates to peat being re-used as landscaping around launch pad sites.

SEPA has asked the applicant to explore other uses for any excess peat and “provide information regarding the fate of the peat which will not be used for the bund”.

It said it is happy to work with the space centre team to explore the situation, and will encourage peat restoration proposals where possible.

offset-carousel/post-mobile/0

“Whilst we have this concern about the peat bund, we are generally content with other aspects of peat management and thank the applicant for adhering to the majority of our advice as provided,” its planning submission said.

It has also suggested a number of conditions in areas like peat restoration, surface water management and renewable energy.

A spokesperson for SaxaVord Spaceport said the company would not comment on individual comments or objections to the planning applications.

The spaceport aims to launch satellites into orbit from next year, but it is still awaiting planning permission.

One other hurdle to overcome is Historic Environment Scotland’s objection the plan to use Lamba Ness as the launch site, due to the its past use as an RAF radar station, but talks have been held in a bid to overturn the refusal.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 
widget/pd_widget-6widget/pd_widget-7widget/pd_widget-8widget/pd_widget-9

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.