A new food park set to open near Perth in Scotland will create up to 400 new jobs over the course of the next decade, Food Manufacture has reported.
Planning permission for the new project, which will be known as the Perth Food and Drink Park, was granted by Perth and Kinross Council's policy committee, which will see seven food and drink businesses located on site, with the construction set to create up to 36 jobs.
The development is expected to require around £8.7 million in investment and will cover as much as nine hectares, while the business space is expected to cover around 27,870 square metres.
Local councillor John Kellas said that he hoped the plans would help to stimulate the economy. He told Scottish TV News: “First, it’s very good for the businesses themselves, It gives them an opportunity to expand to come into Perth and Kinross perhaps. But it creates also the opportunity to bring up to 400 new jobs in Perth and that in itself is a very significant for the economy.”
He added that the plans would help the area build on its already highly reputable food and drink industry, while also attracting large and small manufacturers to the area.
Managers on the project are applying for around £1.85 million in funding from both the Scottish government and the European Union.
A decision on whether the application will be successful or not is expected in December.
The plan will aim to build on the existing strengths and opportunities in key sectors such as forums a and hospitality, food and drink, as well as renewable clean technologies.
Turnover in the food and drink businesses in the sector is estimated to have reached around £280 million a year, with over 120 manufacturing firms operating in the area.
A Bank of Scotland report earlier this month predicted that up to 5,600 new roles would be created in the Scottish food and drink industry by the year 2018.