Coun­cil ap­proves bid for £17m abat­toir

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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.

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