South Scotland

Dalbeattie abattoir approval recommended

Planning officers are advising approval for plans to build a new abattoir on the outskirts of Dalbeattie.

Dumfries and Galloway Food Co-operative (DGFC) wants to build the plant at Craignair Quarry.

There have been concerns raised in the area about possible noise, smell and pollution issues.

However, planning officials are recommending approval - subject to strict conditions - saying the project would have strategic economic benefits.

The food cooperative wants to build a state of the art meat processing plant on an existing industrial site.

The application, to go before councillors next week, also includes waste water treatment works, car parking, an upgrade of the existing access road and landscaping.

The plans were awarded a £1.3m Scottish government grant last year.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said he hoped the investment could provide an "excellent boost for Scotland's red meat sector".

Concerns were raised about the scheme during two public consultation events.

A total of 32 people signed a petition arguing that any pollution from the abattoir would have a detrimental impact on fishing in the River Urr.

They were also concerned about the impact on nearby housing, schools and the effect on tourism.

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