A MULTI-MILLION pound business park which could bring a major jobs boost to Arbroath is one step closer to reality.
On Tuesday, councillors granted planning permission for the development which was announced by Angus Council in February last year.
The proposed park which lies on a 14.2 hectare site to the west of Elliot Industrial Estate is part of a 12-year development plan and the local authority estimate once it is fully occupied it could create 1,000 jobs in the town.
Arbroath councillor David Fairweather was first to welcome the news that planning consent has been given and hopes it provides a real business boost to the town.
He said: “This is another step in the process to create a business park on this site.
“It would be a great boost for Arbroath, offering a supply of business land in the town for the next 20 years; opening up the potential for businesses expansion and new investment in the area.”
The business park will be developed in two phases with the council hopeful phase one will begin in the next two years.
The second part of the park would follow on 10 years later, when it is hoped the initial development would be approaching full occupancy.
When completed, the park will provide 28 plots for businesses where uses will include general industry, manufacturing, storage, distribution and office use.
Last year when the plans were first announced the local authority invited members of the public to view their proposal and gathered their views as part of a consultation process.
Only one letter of representation was sent to the council regarding the plans where concerns were raised about loss of agricultural land and impacts on utility services.
It also raised the point that the park may curtail activity on the Bairds Malt site nearby.
However the director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson, recommended that the plans be approved.
Access roads to the site will be created and the council plan to install a light controlled crossing at the intersection of the A92 Dundee Road and the Westway.
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey also welcomed planning consent being granted, and hopes it will encourage more business to the town.
He said: “Anything that aims to enhance employment opportunities in Arbroath has to be welcomed.
“But providing scope for this is just the first step in this process and hopefully Angus Council will be able to attract the businesses to the park and the town.”