Consultation on new Ellon business park

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RESIDENTS of Ellon will be given the chance to have their say on proposals for a new business park at Balmacassie in a consultation next month.

The proposals for the development of agricultural land at Balmacassie come after the area was earmarked for development as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Local Development Plan. Representatives of property consultants Knight Frank will be available at the consultation to answer questions about the development, on land owned by local farmer Stuart Davidson.

The area has attracted controversy previously, after the LDP indicated proposals for a council-run Travellers’ halting site nearby, which Cllr Rob Merson warned would discourage businesses from locating in the area.

Gary Purves, planner with Knight Frank, said “The rapid rate of development at the existing Balmacassie business park illustrates that there is strong demand for employment land in Ellon. The next phase of the development, on the land to the north of the A948, will help Ellon to grow and become a vibrant and sustainable town over the next ten to 15 years.”

The plans for the area go on display at the Kirk centre on Station Road, Ellon, on Tuesday, March 8 between 2 and 7pm. Members of the public are encouraged to come along, and pass comment on the proposals.