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A new island business has been given planning permission to start producing venison for sale directly to mainland markets.
A new processing plant and deer larder is being proposed at the Arran Estates offices at Douglas Park in Brodick.
As a result a new company, Arran Venison Ltd, has been incorporated for the production of meat and poultry meat products with Charles Fforde as one of two directors.
The idea is to process the venison on the island, close to its source, add value to a locally sourced, healthy food product for export to the mainland and to create new skilled jobs on Arran.
A supporting statement with the planning application, which was approved without any conditions, stated: ‘We anticipate 350 carcasses from Sannox and Arran Estates, 100 from Dougarie Estate and at least 50 from various vocational hunters.
‘In the event that Forestry and Land Scotland decide that they can add to this, there could be a further 200.
‘Deer numbers on the island are increasing year on year and they are becoming a problem but the added benefits should remain on the island.’
It would see the siting of four pre-fabricated modular units to the rear of an existing workshop to enable the processing of locally-sourced meat. The plans have been approved by North Ayrshire Council.
Sannox Estate converted part of a former food factory adjacent to the Estate Office to form a deer larder and chill-room for its own use in the 1970s, when the estate’s deer annual cull was between 150 and 200 deer per year.T
This now serves as a communal chill and collection point for Dougarie Estate, Forestry and Land Scotland and vocational hunters. It now has an annual throughput of about 400 deer.