Industry plan for Fordoun airfield

A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) for the development of almost six hectares of land at the former Fordoun Aerodrome near Laurencekirk has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council on behalf of the landowner, Mr Murray Mitchell. The PoAN outlines the pre-application consultation that will be carried out before an application for planning permission can be submitted.

The former airfield was decommissioned from its original use after World War II and the area is currently used for storing pipes and drilling equipment used in the North Sea oil industry.

There are already a number of businesses in the area including Hunting Oilfield Services, Sandy Adams Engineering, D&K Singer and Economove. The new business park would include similar-type uses potentially including offices, industrial units and storage and distribution facilities.

An application for planning permission in principle will be formally lodged later this year. Prior to this, a pre-application consultation event will be held and local residents will receive a letter to invite them to view and comment on the plans.

Gary Purves, planner with Knight Frank, said: “ There are already a number of business and commercial uses in the area. We believe that the former aerodrome is suitable for this type of development to meet the demand from businesses and help support the local economy.

“We recognise that any proposals will need to be designed to minimise any impact on the landscape and protect the amenity of the area so we are currently putting together a robust landscape framework for the proposed development.

“Our plans are currently at an early stage but over the next few months we will seek local people’s views on our proposals and we will listen to local residents prior to the submission of a planning application later this year.”