North East MSP Peter Chapman has held talks with craft beer company Brewdog and Aberdeenshire Council in an effort to help broker a deal in an ongoing land dispute.
The Scottish Conservative MSP was given a tour of Brewdog’s Ellon facility before a meeting to discuss the company’s expansion plans for a hotel, restaurant and conference centre.
The brewer is currently in discussions with the local council over an area of land it has earmarked for the new development.
In a recent blog post BrewDog revealed that their plans had been stalled due to Aberdeenshire Council charging them over 60 times fair market value for the land in question.
D M Hall valued the land at £5,000 per acre while the council were asking for £300,000.
Mr Chapman held talks with Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege on Friday (January 20) as discussions continue between the two parties to find a solution.
Mr Chapman said: “This is a dispute which clearly has spilled over into the public domain and as a local MSP, I wanted to do what I can to help resolve it.
“Brewdog is a phenomenal success story for the North East of Scotland and is now a major employer in the Aberdeenshire area with outlets all over the world.
“I wrote to the council last week asking for further details and to seek a meeting with senior officials.
“I also contacted Brewdog and was delighted to take up an invitation to visit the Ellon plant and hear about the expansion plans.
“It should go without saying that we do not want to see a development like this with a considerable number of jobs attached to move outwith the local area.
“At the moment, negotiations are ongoing between Brewdog and Aberdeenshire Council which should remain private.
“I just wanted to offer what help I could provide to broker a deal between the two parties and I hope that we will see a positive outcome soon.”