Kintore showroom bid for Oldmeldrum car sales firm

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A LOCAL car sales company has applied to Aberdeenshire Council to build a new showroom and workshop in a Garioch town.

Oldmeldrum-based C&M McDonald wants permission to build the new premises on land opposite to the Midmill Business Park in Kintore.

The proposed development comprises a garage, MOT test centre and car showroom with an external car display area at the front of the building.

The existing building on the site, which lies adjacent to the Broomhill roundabout, is to be converted into the new MOT test centre, with a steel-framed extension being built at the rear to house the main workshop area. A curved wrap-around extension, designed by Westhill-based architects McAdam Design, is proposed at the front of the building to house the car showroom and covered car sales area.

It is estimated that the new development will create at least seven to 10 additional jobs. The firm currently employs seven full time and two part time staff members.

A supporting planning statement submitted by Knight Frank says that the firm is having to turn away work due to the fact that the current premises are too small to cope with customer demand.

Gary Purves, planner with Knight Frank said: “C&M McDonald is a successful family-run local business which has outgrown its current premises in Old-Meldrum.

“The new premises will enable the business to grow to meet its customers’ needs and take on extra staff. The development will bring benefits to the local community such as creating local employment opportunities and redeveloping a brownfield site to enhance the main entrance into Kintore through the innovative design of the building.”

He added:. “The site is located adjacent to existing industrial/commercial uses and is therefore compatible with the surrounding land area. It is also highly accessible by public transport routes and is within walking distance from the village in line with the objectives of the Structure Plan.”

The supporting planning statement also argues that the economic need for the development and the benefits it would bring to the community outweigh any environment impact resulting from the proposal.

Maxwell McDonald said: “Our roots are in Kintore, as our family have lived here for over 40 years, and we have a large customer base here already.

“We are a small local family business which is trying to expand by investing back into the local economy and creating jobs.”

C&M McDonald planning adviser John Glover said: “Small local family-run businesses should be supported and given the opportunity to expand. They are the life blood of the local economy.

“The investment they make, in creating new job opportunities locally, is fundamental in helping to bring sustainable economic growth to Aberdeenshire.”

An application for full planning permission for a car sales showroom and workshop was refused by the Garioch area committee in February 2010 due to concerns over the design of the building and drainage issues.