Plans for Kintore car business

The west view
The west view

A KINTORE family-run business has received support from the local community for plans to build a new car sales showroom and workshop in Kintore in spite of the planning application being recommended for refusal by planners.

C&M McDonald, 4x4 car sales specialists currently operating out of Oldmeldrum, applied to the council to build a new car showroom and vehicle workshop on land next to the Midmill Industrial Estate in Kintore.

The business, owned by Charles and Max McDonald, has outgrown its existing site and subject to planning approval will be in a position to create up to ten new jobs within the first year, including four new modern apprenticeships.

The application has attracted over 60 letters of support and has received the backing of Kintore Community Council. No objections have been received from any statutory consultees, such as SEPA or Transport Scotland, however Council planners have recommended that the application be refused because it does not comply with their policy Emp\3 relating to employment in the countryside.

Gary Purves, a planner from property consultants Knight Frank, acting on behalf of C&M McDonald, believes that the application should be supported. He said: “This is a local family-run business which has outgrown its current premises. The family wish to relocate so that their business can grow and meet their customers’ needs, and it is essential for a business like this to have a roadside frontage in order to attract passing trade.

“C&M McDonald is very committed to supporting the local community.”