Plan­ners ap­prove de­vel­op­ment of 94 homes for Banff

De­vel­op­ment: Ma­jor­ity would be ‘af­ford­able’

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY DAVID PROC­TOR

A new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on the out­skirts of a north-east town has been ear­marked for ap­proval by plan­ners.

Spring­field Homes ap­plied for per­mis­sion to build 94 prop­er­ties on the land to the west of Golden Knowes Road in Banff.

The ma­jor­ity of the de­vel­op­ment would be for af­ford­able hous­ing and would in­clude a mix of flats as well as semi-de­tached and ter­raced homes.

The pro­posed site for the project is in agricultural use and is part of a wider de­vel­op­ment of around 400 homes, com­mu­nity fea­tures and leisure and re­tail units.

A de­sign state­ment from the El­gin-based de­vel­oper out­lined their vi­sion.

It said: “The site in Banff ex­tends to ap­prox­i­mately 3.91 hectares and com­prises an area of agricultural field im­me­di­ately to the west of Banff be­yond Golden Knowes Road.

“Lo­cated at the edge of the town, it fea­tures land nearby to the main A98 coastal road. Ac­cess will be pro­vided from Golden Knowes Road to the east of the site.

“Spring­field has a con­tin­ued fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, car­bon re­duc­tion and cus­tomer en­ergy sav­ing through highly efficient building fab­ric spec­i­fi­ca­tion, technology and re­new­able en­ergy sources.

“The houses in­cor­po­rate en­hanced day light­ing us­ing large win­dows and nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion as con­sid­ered po­ten­tially greater value and more user-friendly than tech­no­log­i­cally driven tech­niques.”

There have been no pub­lic ob­jec­tions to the project, but plan­ning bosses have made 14 rec­om­men­da­tions to be met by the de­vel­oper be­fore po­ten­tial con­struc­tion work can be­gin.

These in­clude con­nect­ing homes to the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply, lay­ing out pro­pos­als for foot­paths and sam­ples of the ma­te­rial used to build the houses be­ing made avail­able.

A re­port by the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture chief, Stephen Archer, added that its waste man­age­ment depart­ment had orig­i­nally ob­jected to the plans be­cause the pro­posed path­ways were “not suit­able” for bin lor­ries.

But he said: “The de­vel­oper has amended the plan and this has been sent to waste ser­vices to re­view.

“It is con­sid­ered the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment com­plies with the rel­e­vant poli­cies within the Aberdeen­shire Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan, sub­ject to the ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions.”

Mem­bers of the Banff and Buchan area com­mit­tee will dis­cuss the plans on Tues­day.

“Spring­field has a con­tin­ued fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity”

AP­PROVAL: In­fra­struc­ture chief Stephen Archer

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