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By Abbey Morton
Lockerbie and Lochmaben

PLANS for a timber plant near Johnstonebridge have been given the green light.

Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning applications committee met on Thursday and agreed to grant James Jones and Sons Ltd permission for the new development.

Their application was for a timber treatment and resaw building with canopied timber drying area and office, erection of saw shop maintenance building, weighbridge as well as a roundabout on the B7076 and associated landscaping at the Hangingshaw site to the south of Dinwoodie Lodge.

There will also be a HGV lorry park with space for 43 vehicles.

The development will be satellite to the existing James Jones and Sons Ltd sawmill which sits five miles south, at the Steven’s Croft site.

It is expected to bring a number of jobs to the area, but a spokesman for the firm was this week unable for further comment.

Three conditions were added to the permission: one relating to lighting and another two to noise.

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