Formartine Area Committee have unanimously approved BrewDog plans for a waste centre ancillary to their brewing operations at Balmacassie in Ellon.
Planning officers explained to members that although the site was partly located on land currently protected for a new cemetery, the cemetery had already received approval within a larger site, and could still be accommodated.
The application was recommended for approval by officials, and had no objections from any of the statutory consultees.
Committee chair Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson said later: “I was very pleased to support this application, which will see the organic processed waste liquid being piped under the A948 to a holding tank, rather than having to be transported by tractor and tanker trailer for spreading on the surrounding fields as at present.
“It was explained to members that this arrangement will reduce the number of vehicle movements, and will continue to avoid any burdens on the local sewer infrastructure which coping with the increased levels of production at the recently-expanded factory.
“BrewDog has been a tremendous success, and is now a globally-recognised brand which is based here in Ellon. I am delighted that it is continuing to come forward with environmentally-conscious solutions to its state-of-the-art production facilities.”
Fellow Ellon Councillor Gillian Owen said after the meeting: “I welcome this addition and expansion as it symbolises that Ellon is ‘open’ for business.”
She also raised the issue of the condition of Balmacassie Road and urged the developer to carry out repairs.