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Kirkwood Homes buys final part of Inverurie paper mill site

Inverurie paper mill
Image caption Hundreds of people lost their jobs when the Inverurie mill closed in 2009

The last remaining part of a former north east paper mill has been sold to a housing developer.

Aberdeenshire-based Kirkwood Homes has bought industrial, warehouse and office buildings on the site of the Inverurie mill.

The company claimed its plans to redevelop the land would create hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy.

More than 300 jobs went when the International Paper mill shut in 2009.

Kirkwood chairman, Ian Dunbar said: ""This site is an excellent development opportunity.

"We believe it will bring significant investment to Inverurie and Aberdeenshire and stimulate jobs and investment in the community.

"The project will transform and bring the former fill site back into productive economic use which is of real benefit to the town."

Malcolm Bruce, MP for Gordon, welcomed the sale of the site.

He added: "This is a prime strategic site, minutes from the airport, on the railway and well connected to the A96 and in future the AWPR (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route)

"The redevelopment of this site therefore has great potential to attract ambitious local companies and international businesses alike, bringing investment and jobs to Inverurie and the North East."

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