South Scotland

Dalbeattie abattoir wins approval

A £3m project to build an abattoir on the outskirts of Dalbeattie has won planning approval.

The state-of-the-art meat processing plant will be constructed at a former concrete works site next to Craignair Quarry.

Dumfries and Galloway Food Co-operative hopes to open the facility next year.

It will initially create seven jobs and Maggie Gordon, who is vice-chair of DGFC, said it would provide significant economic benefits.

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

However, planning officials recommended approval - subject to strict conditions.

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".

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