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Farmland earmarked for £80m business park

Ashfield planA property firm wants to build an £80 million business, retail and leisure complex on 64 acres of Aberdeenshire farmland.

Ashfield Land has applied to develop 400,000 sq ft of business units and 200,000 sq ft of retail and leisure facilities after acquiring the site on the A90 for an undisclosed sum.

Kirkwood Homes plans 600 homes on a neighbouring site.

Ashfield expects to submit a planning application in early 2016. Steven McGarva, director, said: “Ashfield is thrilled to have secured the site and be working on this development.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Kirkwood, the local authority and other stakeholders to deliver a high quality lifestyle, leisure and, ultimately, a global business location in Aberdeenshire within Europe’s largest offshore oil and gas cluster.

“Scotland is an area of key strategic importance for Ashfield and this is one of several major developments we are currently working on.”

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