Brechin Business Park sells new plots

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Brechin could be set to welcome a new international engineering and metal stockholder company to the Business Park.

Brechin Business Park is already home to companies such as Edzell Engineering, Alba Pools, Blacks of Brechin, Journeycall, and Axiom Process Ltd., and now Continental Alloys could be set to add to the list of businesses in Brechin.

As the Brechin Advertiser went to press, both Angus Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and Corporate Services Committee were due to meet on Tuesday (yesterday) and were being asked to note the sale of plots 17 and 18 of Brechin Business Park to Continental Alloys, who want to expand to Brechin from its Scottish base in Aberdeen.

It is anticipated that the new facility will initially generate 14 jobs made up of two site managers, two site foremen and ten site operatives.

In addition it is thought that an additional five further employees could be added per year in the short to medium term.

The sale of the plots were negotiated by the Head of Economic Development and Environmental & Consumer Protection in consultation with the Head of Property in order to achieve best value for the 1.06 hectare site for a capital consideration of £190,000.

As Scottish Enterprise partly funded the development of Brechin Business Park, 24.09 per cent of the net proceeds will be given to Scottish Enterprise.

Angus Council will benefit from a net capital receipt of £144,289 and it is hoped that the arrival of an international company will boost Brechin’s reputation as a business location.

The transaction is conditional upon the incoming purchasers obtaining the necessary consents (planning, building warrant etc.) to erect offices, workshops, storage and to legally occupy the site.

Angus Council’s planning department have already received a planning application for change of use to a proposed engineering work shop and external storage.

Scottish Water, who are a consultee in the planning application, have said that they do not object to the planning application, however they noted that should Angus Council approve the application, it does not guarantee connection to their service.

Appropriate application and technical details have to be provided to Scottish Water before approval for connection can be granted.

Due to the size of the development, Scottish Water revealed they would have to assess the impact the proposed development could have on the existing infrastructure, should it be given the green light by Angus Council.

Councillor Mairi Evans, Convener of the Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “I think the sale is fantastic news for Brechin, not only is it great to see the business park being further developed but also in terms of the jobs which are a major boost to the area.

“I hope that we see more of this to come; Brechin is the perfect base for companies involved in the oil industry.

“We already have a few operating in the area and I certainly hope we see more willing to take full advantage of the perfect transport links and location.”