Application information: Killoch Energy Recovery Park EfW application

Closed 3 Nov 2021

Opened 5 Oct 2021


Application details

On 21 September 2021 SEPA received an application from Barr Environmental for an energy from waste (EFW) facility at Ochiltree, Cumnock. This activity would be regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (commonly known as PPC).

The initial four week public consultation on the application started on 5 October 2021.  A further consultation will be undertaken by SEPA on any draft permit variation to operate the facility. The full determination process, including the next steps, is set out below.

SEPA's role

SEPA is the public body tasked with protecting and reporting on the state of the environment of Scotland. We do this by regulating activities that can cause pollution, by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water and by working to enable those we regulate to comply with the legislation.

SEPA has examined the application documents received and is content that there is sufficient information to begin the determination process. If further information is required to complete the process, Barr Environmental Ltd will have to provide it.

Determination process

  • Barr Environmental Ltd has placed adverts in the relevant local newspaper(s) and and the Edinburgh Gazette. These let the public know that an application has been submitted, where it can be viewed and where they can send relevant comments they would like SEPA to consider.
  • There is a four week period, ending on  3 November 2021, for the public to make comments. Representations out with this period can still be made to the contact address or email box detailed below.
  • The application will be sent, by SEPA, to statutory consultees, including the Health Board, Local Authority, Food Standards Agency, Scottish Water and NatureScot.
  • SEPA has a legal duty to take regard of comments made during the formal 28 day consultation period. SEPA may consider representations made out with the consultation period.
  • SEPA has decided to make this type of application publicly available via our website.
  • If SEPA issues a Notice requiring further information, it has a duty to make available any further information submitted onto the Public Register. However, on Christmas Eve 2020, SEPA was subject to a serious and complex cyber-attack which has significantly impacted our internal systems, processes and communications, visit our web page for more information. As a result, access to the Public Register is not currently available. Information can be requested via email to however due to the size of documentation it may not be able to be forwarded via email. SEPA will, in addition, update this webpage to advise if further information becomes available.
  • Written representations will be placed on the Public Register unless people advised in writing, at the same time as they made the representation, that they wished it to be kept from the Register.
  • For Energy from Waste Applications, SEPA has a policy to make these publically available via our web-site however, due to file size restrictions please contact our Registry team (as per details below).
  • SEPA has four months from the application date to consider the information in the application and any additional information provided during the consultation process. We will then produce a draft decision document, which may include a draft Permit.
  • A longer period could be agreed with Barr Environmental Ltd, and where additional information is required to complete the decision process the determination time would automatically be extended.
  • Having reviewed the application, SEPA’s draft decision (including any draft Permit or draft Refusal Notice) will follow a further period of public consultation. This will be published by SEPA on our consultation hub.

Supporting documents

The non-technical summary and other key documents are available below. Electronic copies of the full application are available on disc and can be requested by email to Due to the size of the full application, it cannot be forwarded via email. The application, including additional documents, has also been placed on the applicant’s own website at Planning Documents - Killoch EFW.


  • Local Authorities
  • Industry
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)
  • Public
  • Water
  • Air
  • Waste
  • Land
  • Local community


  • Industrial emissions directive (IED)
  • Permit application