PROPOSALS for major changes to the poultry processing facility at Coupar Angus are moving forward – and in the absence of in-person public consultation events, anyone with an interest in the development has been invited to have their say online.

The company behind the plan is Amber Real Estate Investment, which hopes to deliver a newly upgraded poultry processing facility, first by making improvements to the existing factory, and in the longer-term, by building a new low carbon 'state-of-the-art' facility on neighbouring land – which would then free up the existing site for 'alternative uses'.

Two Proposal of Application Notices have now been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council, heralding the intent to submit planning applications following a minimum 12-week consultation period.

As the Scottish Government has suspended in-person public consultation events due to Covid-19, an online consultation will take place between 3 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday June 30, shortly after the full details of the proposals are made available to the public at 9am on the dedicated project website:

Consultants representing Amber REI will be available during those hours to answer any questions and receive feedback through a two-way chat system. Feedback can also be submitted via the website, and information will be made available in paper format if requested.

Any representations or suggestions for changes to the proposals shared during the online event will be included in a Pre-Application Consultation report to accompany future applications.

If interested parties are unable to access the exhibition boards on the day of the consultation event, they should contact Orbit Communications at or 0131 202 3259 or at 4 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE and other arrangements will be made.

A spokesperson for Amber REI said: "This new venture will allow us to develop an upgraded facility and may unlock the potential for alternative uses for the existing site. This is a huge economic opportunity, particularly at such a sensitive time nationally. We are consulting extensively to ensure that that the public have an opportunity to input their views and shape our proposals. We encourage the community to attend and ask any questions they may have."