Pipeline approved for Strathmore Springs

A WELL established Forfar employer has been given the go-ahead to build a pipeline to its main factory.

Mineral water bottler Strathmore Springs, owned by A.G Barr, has had planning permission granted for a borehole and pipeline between the Forfar Loch and its West High Street situated plant.

Strathmore Spring Water is sourced from an ‘acquifer’ which is situated deep underground and runs all the way under the North Sea from Scotland to Norway.

Back in 2005, in order to meet potential future requirements for the business, and have a backup supply if required, the company approached the local authority to seek planning permission to site a second borehole and associated pipeline routing from a new business park which is sited at Orchard Bank to the west of Forfar.

The planning permission, which was sought in 2005, was granted by mutual consent between both the local authority and Strathmore.

It was agreed that Strathmore could drill a borehole beside the new business park to supply the current factory site as well as providing a source for a new factory, should the business outgrow its current capacity at West High Street.

At the current time, the capacity requirements are continuing to be met by A.G. Barr’s West High Street site in Forfar and a spokesperson said: “We have no plans to develop a new factory.”

Although the planning permission for the borehole and pipe routing to the current factory was granted in 2005 it expired five years later in 2010 and the company said back in March that they “have simply submitted a request to renew the planning permission at this time.”

A small structure finished in timber will house the workings above ground in the country park, next to the loch on the south side.

Members of the local authority’s development services committee all agreed approval of the pipeline at a recent meeting in Forfar, with the condition that the public access to the footpath along the country park is accessible at all times.

The proposed pipeline runs eastwards from the proposed building, mainly along the route of the existing path within the park which crosses the Craig O’Loch Road and into the rear of the premises.

Alan McKeown’s report says that contamination will be prevented by providing ‘bunds’ around areas of noxious substance storage.