OPPONENTS of a controversial plant to "gasify" waste in Whiteinch have declared victory as the plans were rejected after a five-year wait.

The controversial bid by WH Malcolm to expand their South Street site was rejected by Glasgow City Council in 2016 but had been passed up to Scottish ministers to decide.

It bounced back and forth between the national planning reporter and government, with more follow-up questions for the council and developers, as well as more opposition from residents.

Residents and local politicians of all stripes were united against the plans, which would have included a 230ft chimney at the site.

Although there were almost 1,000 objections submitted, the final decision has been left in limbo for half a decade.

The news was revealed this morning and the 19-page outcome concluded: "Scottish ministers hereby dismiss the appeal and refuse planning permission for the alteration and diversification of existing waste recycling facility to incorporate an energy recovery facility and associated flue and infrastructure, at 865 South Street, Glasgow G14 0BX.

"This decision of Scottish ministers is final."

Neil Lovelock, project manager of Glasgow Eco Trust, based in Scotstoun Community Centre, praised the "tenacity and perseverance" of many groups and individuals who united against the proposals.

He noted a pre-planning application was submitted in October 2014, and ministers called in the decision the day after the last Scottish Parliament election. The rejection comes a day before the election period starts for the next parliament.

Mr Lovelock said: "We're absolutely delighted. This is something to be celebrated. It was a real team effort and a good example of acting local, thinking global.

"On behalf of the community, we welcome the decision by Scottish ministers, but it's been a long time coming.

"The length of time this has taken has been a downside. It's been hanging over the community for far too long, and the company has been in limbo as well."

Politicians at all levels had voiced their opposition to the plans, in particular over the impact from fumes and heavy traffic on the area.

Bill Kidd MSP said: "I’m absolutely delighted for everyone in the constituency who have worked so hard for this outcome and for the whole community who’ll benefit from the Minister’s decision.

"As Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for planning, has told me, this is the result of having listened to all those who’ve made representations. They have put forward logical arguments and, so importantly, this decision is final.”

Councillor Eva Murray told the Post: "This has been a long battle, which started five years ago when the Scottish Government decided to call in an appeal made by WH Malcolm, who were attempting to overturn the decision made by Glasgow City Council to reject this proposal after it received more than 1,000 objections.

"This decision should have been made, at the latest, three months after it was called in, instead the Scottish Government left local people in limbo, continuing to delay the final report and creating more uncertainty for my constituents.

"I am glad that after many years of pleading and questioning that Scottish Government Ministers have finally decided to listen to the community and reject this proposal.

"This is a huge victory for community organisations and local people who never gave up and kept fighting for what they knew was right. I am incredibly proud to have worked alongside them on this.”

A spokesperson for WH Malcolm said: "We are aware of the decision on the planning appeal and we will now take time to carefully consider the reasons set out within the decision notice."