Pro­pos­als to build 25 homes on vil­lage site re­jected by coun­cil­lors

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Emma Mor­rice

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.

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