Pharma firm's plans for Grangemouth facility now live online

People can now log on and have a look at proposals to build a large scale drugs manufacturing in Grangemouth.

Piramal Healthcare UK Ltd, based in Grangemouth’s Earls Road, is proposing to lodge a planning application to build a manufacturing facility, office and associated development near Roseland Hall, in the town's Earl’s Gate Business Park.

Ahead of the plans being lodged in December, the firm – which is part of the Piramal Group, a global business conglomerate with offices in 30 countries, employing over 10,000 people – has now opened up an online consultation to give people more details about the proposals.

Piramal’s first online consultation for the Grangemouth development runs until October 22 and a second, updated consultation runs from November 4 to November 18.

Piramal's new facility will be constructed within the Earls Gate Park

The consultation, which can now be viewed at www.ironsidefarrar.com/piramal/event.html, contains virtual information boards which people can click on.

Piramal states: “Piramal Healthcare UK LTD has been operating in Grangemouth since 2004 and the proposals look to expand existing facilities with an aim to scale up operations.

“This is an important step to the future of the business in Scotland and in maintaining Piramal’s position as a global leader in the production of pharmaceutical products to treat cancer and other life-limiting conditions.

"Proposals will come forward through a national development EIA planning application, to be submitted to Falkirk Council in late 2020.”

The development site covers 1.92 hectares, located within plot five and plot six of Earls Gate Park and will comprise of the construction of four manufacturing suites, with associated preparation, storage and utility areas.

There will also be laboratory support, warehousing, offices and car parking.

Piramal say the new facility will make a “significant contribution” to Falkirk Council’s Local Development Plan and will support major employment – with 160 employees on site.

Questions can also be asked and comments made by calling 0131 550 6500 between 9am to 5.30pm during the week, or e-mailing [email protected], or writing to Albert Muckley, Ironside Farrar Ltd, 111 McDonald Road Edinburgh EH7 4NW.

All comments about the plans should be submitted no later than Friday, November 27.