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Lockerbie data centre given green light

Lockerbie Data Centres lodged a masterplan for its proposals earlier this year

A council has given the green light to a multi-million pound data centre plan for the south of Scotland.

Lockerbie Data Centres (LDC) wants to build the development at Peelhouses Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, claiming it could create thousands of jobs.

Dumfries and Galloway Council planning officers had recommended the project be approved with a list of conditions.

LDC said it hoped to start work next year on what would be one of the biggest data centres in the world.

The proposal was approved by DGC's Annandale and Eskdale area committee.

Plans for 750 houses associated with the development were dropped.

LDC project director, David King, said he was delighted the scheme had been given the go-ahead.

'Extremely positive'

He added: "This is a major enterprise programme that will be of considerable benefit, not only to Dumfries and Galloway, but to the whole of Scotland, creating thousands of jobs.

"Feedback from the local community has been extremely positive and this development will put Dumfries and Galloway firmly on the map as world leaders in data centre provision."

Meanwhile, plans for another data centre at nearby Ecclefechan are also set to go on display.

A two-day exhibition at the Cressfield Country House Hotel will be held by Internet Villages International (IVI) on Wednesday and Thursday.

It is linked to a community survey - inviting comments from the public - which runs until 11 December.

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