Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Piperdam steak barn and farm shop on the back burner after new planning delay

The steak barn and farm shop plan was originally knocked back in December.

A farm shop and steak barn plan for woodland near the Piperdam resort in Angus remains alive.

And those behind the scheme for the site beside the A923 Dundee to Coupar Angus road at the entrance to the estate have been given hope it will get a thumbs up if they clear one final hurdle.

The Forest Energy Scotland plan includes a farm shop, restaurant, biomass plant and staff house at the north of Piperdam.

An artist’s impression of the planned development.

The Mullin’s steak barn-branded proposal includes a 140-seater restaurant with two additional bothy rooms and outside seating, a 100-seat cafe and farm shop offering local produce.

It was rejected by Angus planners last year after officials criticised the design of the project.

But hundreds of letters in support were received, welcoming the prospect of a new business in the area.

Site visit

Angus development management review committee councillors deferred the bid last month.

They wanted to make a site visit to see the exact location of the planned development.

A decision was due on Tuesday, but has now been held up by a legally-required European protected species survey specifically detailing environmental aspects including which trees are to be cut down at the site.

The company behind the scheme have, however, received a glimmer of hope councillors could be on their side.

Montrose councillor Bill Duff said: “I’m minded to approve this.

“The economic development opportunities, backed by our own economic development unit, are pretty significant.

“We need to look at rural jobs and that is a pretty important consideration.”

Arbroath councillor Alex King said: “I’m minded to uphold this, however we have been advised that we the European species survey and I’d like to see exactly which trees are going to come out.

“There’s a principle here that officers shouldn’t presume that their recommendation is automatically going to go through.

“If they had requested the legally required document we could have dealt with this today,” he said.

Committee chairman Gavin Nicol said: “The survey is required in advance of nay decision being taken.

“It’s a matter that can’t be dealt with just through planning conditions so it has to be presented to us before we can determine yes or no for this application.”

Consultees including the council and Nature Scot will have a chance to comment on the survey.

The planning bid is due to come back before the committee in early August.

Already a subscriber? Sign in