Farne Salmon & Trout Ltd is keen to get going on a chiller plant room extension to its Duns premises – but needs to wait for planning permission
An application for the extension to the front of the building went in to Scottish Borders Council last week, but it would seem that the ground work has already been started.
On its planning application form Farne admits that work has started on site at Duns Industrial Estate, adding: “work is urgent as part of an investment programme”.
The council’s economic development section is not happy about Farne’s action. However, after submitting a stinging reprimand they did support the application.
“Whilst we generally support the expansion proposals of this large company, it would normally be preferable if any plant room was not on a front elevation,” said the response from SBC’s economic development section.
“However, it is noted that it has been planned for the front of the building and is already under construction.
“The company have, in the past, commenced construction of works prior to having received planning permission or building warrant and we cannot support this irresponsible disdain of the law.
“Undertaking works in advance of permission appears reckless and the company should consider programming better and prepare their plans earlier to avoid this situation occurring.
“Notwithstanding the above, the plant room is designed to match the existing cladding and should not appear out of place, so can be supported.”
A spokesperson for Farne Salmon said: “Farne is currently investing £1.7 million in its facility based in Duns which will create 40 new jobs and a new hot smoking facility. This investment includes building work to some of our buildings on site. Farne will comply with building warrant applications and is in regular dialogue with the local council to ensure Farne complies with the necessary regulations.”