Planning process underway for Coupar Angus poultry plant

AMBER Real Estate Investment (Amber REI) has formally started the planning process to deliver upgraded and new poultry processing facilities in the future at Coupar Angus.

The move forms part of Amber’s Scottish vision, realised in part through the proposed delivery of Drumshoreland Garden Community on the site of the company’s poultry farm complex at Clapperton in West Lothian.

This could see investment nationally amounting to more than £150 million into the agriculture, food production and tourism sectors.

The proposal is for a £65 million low carbon facility at Coupar Angus on neighbouring land to the current plant, which the company currently owns. This would unlock the existing site for alternative uses, potentially including residential, industrial, storage or distribution.  Amber said ‘appropriate uses’ will be determined through the forthcoming planning application process. There is also an intention to submit a planning application to upgrade the current facility.

Two Proposal of Application Notices (PAN) have been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council, signalling the intent to submit planning applications following a community consultation process.

This vision for Amber will be realised, in part, through the delivery of Drumshoreland Garden Community, a £275 million residential-led mixed-use development. This will include around 1,800 homes. Planning applications for this were recently submitted to West Lothian Council.

A spokesperson for Amber REI said, “We are delighted to be working towards planning applications for the facilities in Coupar Angus. Our ambitious vision for Scotland, of which Coupar Angus is part, will preserve and create jobs, both directly and indirectly, as well as contributing to delivering a low carbon sustainable future for the agriculture sector. We would urge the community to become fully involved in the consultation process and help shape the proposals for our scheme as It progresses.”

Planning and development consultancy Turley is providing planning, economics and sustainability services for the scheme.  Masterplanning and placemaking services are being led by OPEN (Optimised Environments) including integrated architecture and landscape disciplines.