Council approves bid for £17m abattoir
A £17MILLION abattoir will be built on the outskirts of a north-east town after councillors backed the proposal. The Scotbeef facility is a joint venture between ANM Group and Scotland’s largest meat processing firm JW Galloway. It will take shape at the expanded Thainstone Business Park outside Inverurie, replacing an existing facility in the town’s North Street. Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch area committee unanimously backed the plans yesterday. The council approved the project in August, provided the firm improved the Thainstone and Port Elphinstone roundabouts. Scotbeef threatened to pull out unless the conditions were dropped, and yesterday the council relented. The plant, on more than 7.5 acres, will include a car park with 96 spaces. NFU Scotland called the development a “huge opportunity” for the north-east. Planning officials had recommended the committee give its approval. The firm argued any extra traffic would be at busy times and the roundabout changes were unnecessary. Concerns the site would block views of Bennachie when seen from a distance were also dismissed. Scotbeef managing director Robbie Galloway hopes to create 30 jobs and double weekly capacity once the new plant opens.