Proposals to build 25 homes on village site rejected by councillors
A BID to build housing in a Northeast community has been unanimously rejected by councillors – despite local authority officers recommending approval.
The Formartine area committee considered the plans, which would have seen 25 residential homes and associated open space, parking and infrastructure created on a site north of Duncan Terrance in Udny Station.
It was lodged with Aberdeenshire Council in February by Halliday Fraser Munro on behalf of Deveron Homes and Colin Marr.
The scheme related to an area that forms part of a strip of land known as OP1 and is referenced in the Local Development Plan.
Under the development plan the site is earmarked for 35 homes and a hectare of employment land. Although it was recommended for approval by Aberdeenshire Council planning officers, concerns were raised by the committee that the development was difficult to envisage because it did not meet the specifications laid out in the local development plan. It was rejected because only part of the site would have been developed.
A report said: “The committee agreed to refuse full planning permission on the grounds it did not meet policy p1 layout, siting and design of the local development plan because: there was lack of clarity about future access to the land zoned for employment; there was concern that the proposed play area and open space was privately owned land not related to the development; and the density of the proposed housing development was very high given the size of the entire OP1 site.” Councillor Paul Johnston, pictured, who represents the Mid Formartine area and was at the committee meeting, said: “There was a lot of objections to it, not to the principle of it, but in terms of the design.
“We thought that it would be difficult to envisage so they said that on the grounds of the design of the site we could not know what the future of the site would be. “We did not know if this site was effective. There wasn’t enough open space, or enough usable open space.” Both Halliday Fraser Munro and Deveron Homes declined to comment.