Garage poised for the final go-ahead

Artist's impression of Kintore car showroom
Artist's impression of Kintore car showroom

Plans for a new car showroom in Kintore could take a major step forward next month.

Local family business C and M McDonald have applied for planning permission to build a showroom and vehicle workshop on land adjacent to the Midmill Industrial Estate.

The business, which specialises in 4x4 car sales, currently operates from premises in Oldmeldrum, but has outgrown its existing site.

In September, business owners Charles and Max McDonald’s plans were recommended for approval following discussion by Garioch Area Committee.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committeee are now due to discuss the application early next month.

If the project is given the go-ahead, the company intends to create up to ten jobs within the first year of relocating, with four of those to include modern apprenticeships in car mechanics, car sales and administration/accounts.

Gary Purves, of property consultants Knights Frank, who is acting for the applicants, said: “This is a local family-run business which has outgrown its current premises in Oldmeldrum. The firm wish to relocate to Kintore so that their business can grow and meet customers’ needs.

“The proposed location is ideal for a car showroom, given the proximity to the A96 and other employment land at the Midmill Industrial Estate.

“In September, the Garioch Area Committee voted in support of the application on the grounds that the applicant had demonstrated an economic need for the relocation and benefits to the local community.”

“The final stage of approval rests with the infrastructure services committee.”

Officials told the committee in September that the new application had overcome the technical and design issues that contributed to a previous refusal.