De­vel­op­ers’ de­light as 700 homes ap­proved

Ma­jor new hous­ing schemes for city

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Tim Sculthorpe

MORE than 700 new homes are set to change the face of the south­ern gateway to Aberdeen.

Plan­ners have ap­proved pro­pos­als from Ste­wart Milne Homes and Scotia Homes for new de­vel­op­ments at Cove.

Ho me s , b u s i n e s s e s a n d com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties will be built along with a new high street.

And at a site close by Aberdeen FC is due to build a new sta­dium at Loirston Loch.

Build­ing work on the hous­ing de­vel­op­ments around Welling­ton Road could be un­der way later this year and the first houses on site within 12 months.

Scotia Homes di­rec­tor of ur­ban projects Der­rick Thom­son wel­comed the plan­ning per­mis­sion.

He said: “We are very happy we will now be able to de­liver a mixed use de­vel­op­ment, cre­at­ing a great sense of place right at the gateway to Aberdeen.” The city coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment sub-com­mit­tee unan­i­mously ap­proved the three ap­pli­ca­tions.

The first, by Scotia Homes, in­cluded 114 houses and 115 flats. Ste­wart Milne Homes won ap­proval for two de­vel­op­ments. The first was for 456 homes while the sec­ond was for 52 dwellings. Re­tail de­vel­op­ments and pub­lic open space are in­cluded in both.

John Low, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Ste­wart Milne Homes North Scot­land, said: “This de­ci­sion is tes­ta­ment to the time and ef­fort in­vested – par­tic­u­larly in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process – which en­abled us to de­velop our plans in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Need­less to say, we are de­lighted.”

Com­mit­tee con­vener Cllr Kate Dean, who is also a Cove coun­cil­lor, said: “I very much wel­come these de­vel­op­ments. In some ways it is the miss­ing link in the Cove area.”

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