Business park proposal could create Mintlaw jobs

A 3D image of the proposed Northwoods Business Park
A 3D image of the proposed Northwoods Business Park

An application to build a new business park in Mintlaw that could help bring jobs to the area has been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council.

The application by architects Baxter Design, Knight Frank and builders Cameron and Ross is for a site adjacent to Balring Road and to the north of the Northwoods housing development.

A spokesman for the application said: “The feedback we have received from local residents has generally been positive with people keen to see additional investment and jobs brought to Mintlaw.

“Some people did have concerns about traffic and the potential impact on trees; so since last year we have been working on the plans to find solutions to these issues such as providing a new vehicular access from the A952 roundabout and also keeping the loss of trees to a minimum.”

With job creation on the agenda for the village the developers envisage start up business units to be available for lease as part of the proposal as well as office headquarters for a local company, a new depot facility for Aberdeenshire Council and a Household Waste Recycling Centre;

The spokesman said:“The Council’s planning policies aim to ensure Aberdeenshire is seen as being “open for business”, however the existing employment land allocation to the south of the town has shown no sign of coming forward for development.

As there are no viable alternative sites in Mintlaw we have brought forward this application for a business park to meet the needs of the end-users who have approached us.”