Revival for major Buchan Gateway plans

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Hundreds of jobs could be set to arrive in Peterhead following the revival of plans for a major retail park to be built on the outskirts of the town.

The Buchan Gateway development - which is being pursued by Hermiston Securities - would see the creation of new shops, a supermarket, an hotel, a pub and restaurants should the resurrected plans come to fruition.

The proposed 20-acre development would also feature a petrol station and retail warehouse.

In total, several hundred jobs could be created if plans for the retail park are realised.

Hermiston Securities had previously secured planning permission for a similar development - but those plans were mothballed last October when talks with a number of major retailers stalled.

However, it is thought the revived plans would be much larger than the original scheme.

Developers are expected to host a public consultation event on the proposed retail park at the Burnside Business Centre, Peterhead, on Thursday, September 4.

Commenting, Peterhead North and Rattray councillor Anne Allan, who is also vice-chair of the Buchan Area Committee, said: “The economy in Peterhead is looking up and unemployment is at its lowest level ever.

“We have a fantastic workforce here and people looking for jobs. Any business that wants to invest in the local area would be sure of getting a top quality staff.

“I look forward to the plans maturing and seeing the plans come forward.”