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".