Green benefits on show for proposed business park

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Carnoustie folk will have the opportunity today (Friday) to see proposals for a business park at the northern edge of the town.

There will be a public exhibition from 3 to 7 p.m. in St Bride’s Hall, Maule Street, hosted by agents for the developers, Emac Planning LLP, which will act as a pre-application consultation for a business park on agricultural land 300 metres east of the former Carlogie Hotel.

The application itself is for the formation of an employment area comprising a mix of units which will be devoted to either office space or light business, general industry, manufacturing and warehouses.

Ewan Maclean of Emac Planning LLP said: “We are extremely pleased to be involved in reinvigorating this stalled project which will hopefully bring a much needed boost to the local economy. Recognising the past frustration and delay, this proposal is the next stage in realising Angus Council’s Local Plan allocation.

“The proposal recognises the challenges and requirements for the provision of the missing Carlogie Link Road which, for one reason or another, has not yet been implemented.

“Now that Angus Estates are back in control of the site, recognising Angus Council’s previous resolution to grant planning permission, we are delighted to be taking this proposal forward with both our development partners and Angus Council.”

According to the agent there is potential for environmental growth with the inclusion of green foot and cycle paths.

Mr Maclean went on: “If you look at the layout the biodiversity of the site refers to it being agricultural land but with the planned landscaping it would actually bring more biodiversity back into the site.

“They actually create these wildlife corridors and that’s one of the things our landscape architect noticed. It would increase the biodiversity of the site so it’s not just a concrete area with some trees at the edges.”

Another environmental benefit of the current proposal lies with the plan to move Carnoustie’s remaining heavy industry out of the town proper.

Mr Maclean explained: “The scale of the site is such that it is possible to relocate some of the heavier units from Panmure out of Carnoustie, because the council identified an issue with heavy traffic in the town.”

Following today’s exhibition, Emac Planning will put together a pre-application consultation report for Angus Council detailing their efforts and the public response.

As it is considered a major application, a decision on the planning application would not be expected until early next year.