Work to begin on £4 million business park extension in North-east

How the new business park could look.

Developers have been given the green light to press ahead with plans for a £4 million business park extension, creating up to 500 jobs in the North-east.

ANM Group appealed to the Scottish Government after Garioch area committee opposed a plan to extend Thainstone Business Park on Camiestone Road, Inverurie, amid concerns it would impact on the landscape and put pressure on the local roads network.

In June, the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA) announced its intention to allow the appeal.

It is has now written to all concerned parties to confirm this will be the case.

Last June, DPEA said any traffic issues can be adequately regulated by conditions.

It added that concerns over the impact on the landscape could be addressed by “strategic landscape planting” and screening.

ANM Group has welcomed the decision.

Its chief executive Grant Rogerson said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government reporter has upheld our appeal and granted planning permission in principle for commercial development at Thainstone Business Park.

“As one of Scotland’s leading farming, food and finance businesses, we are very proud of our strong history at Thainstone and continually strive to move the business forward on a positive basis.

“This expansion is a testament to our commitment to the Thainstone hub, our members and customers, the local community and the North-east.”

A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council, which handled the planning application, said: “We note the decision of the Scottish Government.”

DPEA has ruled that one of the conditions of the permission is that ANM Group must contribute to the reopening of Kintore railway station

This is, said DPEA, “in order to maximise opportunities for more sustainable travel options”.