BEATTIE BRANDS SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL AS ANTI-BUSINESS
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
A Scottish entrepreneur has branded South Lanarkshire Council as anti-jobs and anti-business.
Gordon Beattie, chairman of Beattie, the integrated communications agency, hit out after the council’s planning committee today turned down his company’s application to build a £500,000 extension to its office in Uddingston to accommodate a film studio, boardroom, meeting room and visitor reception.
The application was rejected on the grounds of a shortage of parking spaces, despite Beattie Communications assuring the council that the development would not lead to additional personnel working on the site.
“The extension was all about protecting the 30 posts we already have in Uddingston. The fact that it was rejected on the advice of a planning official and not even debated, confirms to me that the council has no interest in keeping jobs in the town.
“Our plan for a 181 metre extension sparked a petition, signed by around 30 local homeowners who dislike the idea of a business operating in what they consider to be a residential area.
“The truth is, there’s a hotel in the street and we’ve operated from this location for 22 years and that’s longer than many of our neighbours have lived in the area.
“I’m extremely disappointed that our plans for a stunning extension has been turned down because we came up with a plan to solve the parking issue but the council obviously saw no merit in our proposal.
“We have a highly successful team of film makers in Scotland. They work for some of the biggest brands in Britain and this was an opportunity to put the town on the map as a centre of creative excellence.
“We will consider appealing against the planning committee’s decision but my message to businesses thinking about locating in South Lanarkshire is – don’t.”
For further information please contact Gordon Beattie on 0800 612 9890