PRE-PLANNING applications have been submitted for a £65 million low carbon poultry processing facility at Coupar Angus.

The proposal covers land neighbouring the current plant,'unlocking' the existing site for alternative uses, which may include residential, general industrial, storage or distribution uses.

Amber Real Estate Investment (Amber REI) formally launched its Coupar Angus proposal as part of a broader national plan that includes an application to create a Drumshoreland Garden Community on the site of its poultry farm complex at Clapperton in West Lothian.

Community engagement will now take place in advance of applications for planning permission for works to the current facility, and planning permission in principle for the delivery of a new plant along with redevelopment options for the current site.

A combination of the Drumshoreland development and other proposals across Scotland in the agriculture, food and tourism sectors could, said Amber REI, see £425 million – £275 million for Drumshoreland and £150 million across the rest of Scotland – invested, supporting 5750 jobs and delivering new state-of-the-art facilities.

A spokesperson for Amber REI said: “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.”

Local MP, Pete Wishart, commented: “Should planning permission be obtained, it will be fantastic to see this potential level of investment being used to upgrade the current processing facility in Coupar Angus, delivering new state of the art low carbon facilities.

“In addition to creating much-needed employment, it is a tremendous opportunity to raise standards by improving the facilities, delivering high-quality production while tackling climate change and delivering a sustainable future."