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80 homes plan clears way for haulage firm exit

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
80 homes plan clears way for haulage firm exit

A GO-AHEAD for housing, shops, a pub and leisure facilities in Dumfries has paved the way for a transport firm’s departure from the town.

Currie European have been granted planning permission to transform their warehouse and trailer park site on the Edinburgh Road in Locharbriggs into a mixed use development – with the construction of about 80 homes.

Speaking after the crunch decision yesterday by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Currie European owner Tom Barrie said: “We are delighted that our proposals have been approved and look forward to seeing this site redeveloped to the benefit of the community, by providing space for new local facilities.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout this project.

“The feedback received from local residents and community groups has been crucial in developing an application that will ensure that the site is put to the best possible use.”

The proposed redevelopment is part of Currie European’s plans to relocate to a more suitable site near the M74, which it says is required to secure its long-term future and existing workforce in Dumfries and Galloway.

Under proposals passed yesterday, the region’s largest registered social landlord Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) has agreed to construct approximately residential 80 homes on the site of the trailer park.

Plans also show a 1000m2 Class 4 and Class 6 warehouse unit on the site of the Currie European warehouse.

And the firm have indicated that a 1000m2 retail unit could be subdivided to accommodate multiple uses, from convenience retail, to a pub or restaurant and leisure use.

The company says it hopes that through this application it can ensure the provision of local amenities for neighbouring communities.

Looking to the future of the haulage business itself, Currie European owner Tom Barrie said: “Currie European is committed to Dumfries and Galloway and, as such, we are now considering possible relocation sites in the Lockerbie and Ecclefechan area, closer to the M74.”


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