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By Fiona Reid
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Proposal sparks village concerns

A PUBLIC consultation took place this week about potential plans for a site in Ecclefechan.

Hazelberry Developments Ltd, which is owned by Stuart and Lynn Dodd of Tundergarth, held the virtual drop in event on Monday.

It allowed residents to get more information, by phone and online, about their early stage plans for the industrial development site opposite Old Burnswark Station.

The firm has registered a pre application notice with Dumfries and Galloway Council proposing a change of use from agricultural land to a mix of uses, including shops, business, general industrial and storage and distribution.

The site is already allocated within the council’s local development plan for industrial use.

But the proposals have caused a stir in the village, with some residents taking to social media to share their concerns.

Fears include extra traffic generation, impact on the roads and road safety, light pollution, noise, the effect on local amenities and house prices.

One poster said: “This type of development is a blight in the community that will benefit the few.”

And there were calls for the community council to get involved and object to the plans.

The consultation period is ongoing and members of the public can email [email protected] to request more information or to provide comments on the proposals.

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