The plans would have included a £40m ’state-of-the-art’ processing plant, housing and local infrastructure.
Scotland’s biggest independent dairy, Graham’s the Family Dairy has had its planning appeal for permission to build a £40 million state-of-the-art milk processing plant on a green field site to the west of Stirling dismissed.
The dairy would have been built as part of a wider housing development which would link the Bridge of Allan to nearby Stirling and provide 600 homes, including 150 affordable units.
Following a two-year appeal process, the Minister for Local Government and Housing decided the development did not fit with the new Local Development Plan.
The application was recommended for approval by the Council’s Head of Planning, but was refused and has gone through a two-year appeal process.
Robert Graham, Managing Director at Graham’s The Family Dairy: “We are extremely disappointed by the Minister’s decision which appears to place more importance on continuing to protect a failed Local Development Plan process than supporting the delivering of much needed affordable homes, infrastructure and creating full-time jobs within the city and Scottish dairy sector.
“For a Government that talks of its commitment to growing the Scottish economy, prioritising the rural and food and drink sectors as well as tackling the housing shortfall in Scotland, this decision by the Planning Minister sends a clearly contradictory message.”
NFU Scotland milk committee chairman John Smith said if Scottish food and drink was to have a buoyant future investment in capacity was essential.
“This development ticked all the right boxes and we are disappointed in the outcome.
“Grahams are a very important part of the Scottish dairy industry. While this is an opportunity missed, we will support the company in the future with any plans that can build the sector and develop opportunities for Scottish dairy farmers.”