New start for former warehouse premises

The former Ross & Bonnyman workshop in Market Street.
The former Ross & Bonnyman workshop in Market Street.

Plans to bring a former Forfar workshop back into use as a business hub have been given the green light by Angus councillors.

The former Ross & Bonnyman premises in Market Street closed two years ago but the plan approved last week by Angus Council’s development standards committee will see a number of businesses sharing space in the redeveloped workshop.

Green Oak Properties’ proposals include accommodation for a training centre, offices, van hire capacity, taxi office, vehicle workshop and storage facility.

Five objections and a representation from Forfar Community Council were lodged with Angus Council, citing access, noise and smell as potential problems.

In her report Vivien Smith, the council’s head of planning and place, said that the premises previously had permission for 24-hour operations, but the council would impose a noise-minimising condition from 10 p.m.-7 a.m. each day, with a less rigorous condition outside these times, with noise not exceeding 55 decibels at any time.

A previous application by Green Oak, similar in scope to the approved plans but including a covered car wash, was withdrawn in March.

Ross & Bonnyman operated at Market Street and Robert Street for almost 40 years, and specialised in supplying lifts for warehouses and commercial vehicles but the premises closed when the company went into liquidation in 2012.