Plans for North-east business park backed by Holyrood

An artist's impression of the development at Dean's of Huntly

Plans to build a business park in the North-east have been backed by Holyrood after being rejected by the local authority.

Biscuit firm Dean’s of Huntly has been granted planning permission in principle, and will be able to construct The Ward on the outskirts of the town, adjacent to the A97 Huntly to Banff road.

It comes after the Scottish Government overturned Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to reject the application and would see small business units created.

The company hopes the development would solve the lack of office space in the town centre as well as parking issues.

The council previously declined the application because it deemed the proposal contravened the local development plan.

Dean’s managing director Bill Dean said: “There’s no real space on the town periphery that’s dedicated to small businesses.

“This will have great access to the A97 and the town roundabout and will be of great benefit to the town.

“We will be looking to start advertising for businesses in the coming months.”