How to object to Paterson's landfill plans

The landfill site operated by Paterson's of Greenoakhill truly is a stench that hangs over our communities.

Nearby residents in Broomhouse and Mount Vernon know the smell only too well, and I've had reports from constituents as far away as Parkhead that the odour has been unbearable on occasions.

SEPA, Scotland's environmental watchdog, had to take unprecedented action against Paterson's within the past year, first issuing a Variable Monetary Penalty then a partial suspension of their licence.

Despite this, Paterson's have lodged a planning application to seek permission to considerably increase the allowed height of the landfill. According to the papers filed on behalf of the company, this would extend the lifespan of the site by up to another 4 years - taking it to 2029 before operations would cease.

If we wish for this planning application to be defeated, we all need to come together to object to it and make sure our voices are heard.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide, telling you what you need to know to lodge a formal objection to Glasgow City Council.

The closing date for objections to be submitted is Monday 30 October 2023. Please submit an objection and put an end to Paterson's once and for all.

What should I include in my objection?

Your objections will only be considered if they are 'material considerations'. These include:

  • Contrary to the Development Plan
  • Road safety, traffic and parking issues
  • Residential amenity (loss of privacy, overshadowing, loss of daylight, etc)
  • Appearance (design, materials, scale, massing, etc)
  • Impact on the character and setting of a listed buildings and/or conservation areas

How to object

You can lodge an objection in writing using one of following two methods:

Objecting by post

You will need to ensure you include the following:

  • The application reference number: 23/02027/FUL
  • The site address: Greenoakhill Quarry, Hamilton Road, Glasgow G71 7SG
  • Your name
  • Your full address, including postcode
  • The date
  • The grounds for your objection
  • You will also need to sign your objection

Send your objection to:
Planning and Building Control Services
Glasgow City Council
231 George Street
G1 1RX

Objecting online

In order to object online, you need to have an account set up on the Glasgow City Council planning site. This is simple to set up and free of charge.

Visit the Paterson's application page on the site by clicking this link.

You can then either log in if you already have an account, or register for a new account.

Once logged in, you can choose the 'Make a comment' option. If you do not see this, try opening the page again by clicking the link above.

The site will then guide you through the process of lodging a comment (objection).