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£65m Halo centre reaches key milestone

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Artist’s impression of Halo: a new hub for Kilmarnock

A £65 million urban regeneration project on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock has reached a significant milestone.

Councillors in East Ayrshire granted permission in principle for the Halo development at a special meeting of the planning committee

Halo aims to create a commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter in the town, on a 23-acre site left vacant after the whisky plant closed.

It hopes to generate more than £53 million in GDP for Kilmarnock and £65 million for Scotland and support 1,800 jobs.

Detailed plans will now be submitted for the project, spearheaded by local businesswoman Marie Macklin’s Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, The Klin Group and Ross Developments & Renewables.

Ms Macklin said: “This important community-led project has been eight years in the making and I am thrilled that we have reached this landmark today.

“We can now push forward with the development of The Halo, creating enterprise opportunities, not just for Kilmarnock, but for East Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole.”


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