Petrochemcial giant Ineos will not be able to close a section of Grangemouth’s Bo’ness Road unless it goes through the correct planning process.
The 150-metre stretch of road, which had been temporarily closed since last year, re-opened at the end of March, despite Ineos insisting the road should be closed permanently.
John McNally, chief executive officer of Ineos O&P UK, said: “This is the only major site within Ineos Group with a public highway running through it. It is clearly not best practice and opens up long term concerns on continuing to secure the safety of the public traversing a site which is about to begin importing and storing huge quantities of US shale gas.”
The firm has to lodge an application to Falkirk Council to make the closure permanent – something it had not done as The Falkirk Herald went to press.
According to council planners, Ineos would need to submit an application for planning permission for a development which required the stopping up of the road.
That application would need to be accompanied by a transport assessment showing the impact of the proposed closure.
If planning permission were granted, the company could then apply for a stopping up order.
This order would be subject to a consultation process.