New factory could create 100 jobs if planning approved

Stewart Milne Timber Systems Ltd hopes to get approval for a new factory in Falkirk.

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A new factory could bring 100 jobs to Falkirk if planning permission is approved.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems Ltd – which designs and manufactures timber frames for off-site construction – hopes to build a factory on land at Abbotsford Business Park, Bainsford.

The new operation will be on what was formerly part of the site of the long-gone British Alcan factory.

The land has been derelict for years, but the area is increasingly being developed for industrial and business use.

The factory will be used to manufacture off-site building systems from timber for housing across the UK, including private developments and social housing projects.

The proposed factory would have a production area of 7300 square metres with integral office space of around 1400 square metres over two storeys.

In a submission to Falkirk Council’s planning department, housebuilders Stewart Milne said there will be two phases. The first is intended to create around 100 jobs, while the second will introduce more automation as it streamlines the process.

The application also shows that the company seeks to create access, car parking and erect a fence.

The plans show it will have 127 regular parking spaces as well as six accessible spaces and six electrical vehicle charging points.

Following concerns about noise, the company is now conducting a noise impact assessment and, if necessary, will install acoustic fencing to reduce any potential sound pollution.

Currently, the firm’s main manufacturing bases are in Aberdeen and Oxford.

By local democracy reporter Kirsty Paterson

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