Archaeologists call for study before business park plan approved

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LOCAL archaeologists have called for the safe-guarding of ancient items at a site earmarked for a major business development in Buchan.

Some 12 acres of land situated at Nether Aden in Mintlaw is the spot chosen for the development of a 25,000sqft business centre for start-up firms, two 20,000sqft office blocks and a range of small business units.

Aberdeenshire environment officer, Moira Greig, has written to planning officials calling for an evaluation of the land after a number of pre-historic artefacts and crop mark sites are said to be in the area surrounding the proposed development.

She requests: “No works shall take place within the development site until the developer has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological works in accordance with a written scheme of investigation... the developer shall ensure that the programme of archaeological works is fully implemented and that all recording and recovery of archaeological resources within the development site is undertaken to the satisfaction of the planning authority in agreement with the Aberdeenshire Council archaeology service.

“This is to safeguard and record the archaeological potential of the area.”

Planners are currently considering the business park plan which is being tabled by Bancon Developments.

A biomass combined heat-and-power plant is also included within the firm’s masterplan, as well as plans to create a new roundabout on the A952 road to allow for access to the site.

Bancon revealed the plans at a public meeting held in the village earlier in the year, when residents were given the opportunity to shape the final blueprint as part of a consultation process.

Full details of the business park proposal for Mintlaw are now available to view at Arbuthnot House in Peterhead and on the Aberdeenshire Council website at

www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk