Appeal lodged against Mossend Railfreight park ruling

Andrew and David Stirling have appealed against council refusal
Andrew and David Stirling have appealed against council refusal

An appeal has been lodged against North Lanarkshire Council’s decision to turn down controversial plans for an international raifreight park in Bellshill.

Mossend Railhead operators PD Stirling confirmed this week that their appeal had been submitted to Scottish Government ministers.

The firm says their proposed expansion to create a £260 million national railfreight facility would create 2,700 jobs - plus another 2,200 during the construction phase - and provide a massive boost to the local economy.

But last September councillors refused to give them the go-ahead after more than 1,200 objections from local residents who claimed the expansion would have an unacceptably detrimental effect on their quality of life.

Confirming the appeal David Stirling of PD Stirling Ltd said: “Mossend International Railfreight Park would provide a strategic, sustainable and state-of-the-art rail freight facility in an unrivalled location.

“It would support the local economy and deliver a meaningful community resource in a planned and sensitive way.”

It’s understood that the Scottish Government’s Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals has a targeted determination date of March 4.