Approval given for factory development

Macrae Fish Factory at Watermill Road, Fraserburgh.
Macrae Fish Factory at Watermill Road, Fraserburgh.

Banff and Buchan councillors have shown the green light for the development of Macrae’s fish factory at Fraserburgh’s Watermill Road.

The report on the planning application came before councillors last week at the committee’s October meeting, where councillors unanimously agreed to approve it.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Brian Topping said he understood the concerns of residents who were worried the development would cause further parking issues in properties near the factory, but made reference to the factory trying to dissuade employees from using on-street parking.

“I think we would all appreciate the concerns of local residents, ” he told his fellow councillors. “I think it’s quite a straightforward application,” voicing his support of it.

Ahead of the area committee meeting, the Fraserburgh Herald had discussed the application with representatives of the factory.

They said that should the proposals be approved, the creation of 105 new parking spaces would be created, the existing factory having all of a 17.5 acre land space to extend into.

As part of the planning application that has been approved, the factory’s extension will see the loading docks of the businesses moved to the side of the building in an effort to mitigate noise pollution.

There had been 17 public representations on the proposal, complaints against the proposal ranging from parking spaces being taken, the noise created in the early mornings, to the supposed amount of litter created by workers of the factory.