£10 million business park moves on to next phase

The business park should be up and running within the year.
The business park should be up and running within the year.

A £10 million business park at Portlethen is taking shape, with developers getting ready to start construction on the first buildings.

Roads, services and infrastructure are almost complete at the site, which is adjacent to the A90 at the Hillside area of Portlethen.

An initial 35,000 square feet of office space is being created by property developers Dandara, across five pavilions ranging from 3,500 to 15,000sq ft, and it is expected that occupants will begin moving in before the end of this year.

Plans for the business park also include a hotel, restaurant, shops and nursery school, as well as leisure facilities such as a gym, running tracks and sports pitch.

The area currently has no facilities, but a primary school is expected to be built nearby, with an opening date of August 2016.

Frustration has been growing amongst residents who are keen to see accompanying infrastructure for the 800 houses that have been built at Hillside, and news of the business park has been largely welcomed by locals.

Recently a bid by Stewart Milne to build 190 extra houses in the area was unanimously rejected by councillors at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee, despite being reccommended for approval by council officers.

The company had said that they had a “surplus” of land at their site, after the 840 homes that had been approved were built on a smaller area than first anticipated.