Ineos road will stay open

The section of Bo'ness Road which runs through the heart of Ineos
The section of Bo'ness Road which runs through the heart of Ineos

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.