Rubislaw Quarry housing backed
Exclusive: Canadian developer wants to build 299 flats, gym and bistro
CONTROVERSIAL £68 million housing plans for Aberdeen’s historic Rubislaw Quarry have been backed by council planners.
Documents seen by the P&J indicate that the massive 299-flat plan has been recommended for approval at next week’s planning committee meeting.
While councillors can vote against the suggestion, or opt for a visit to the site, officer recommendations are generally followed.
The scheme has proved highly controversial in the area with more than 250 letters of objection received.
Concerns have been raised that the historic source of much of the city’s granite could be paved-over and there are further worries over wildlife and drainage impacts.
But last night planner Maggie Bochel said the scheme would bring “real social and economic benefits to the city”.
A contentious multimillion-pound homes plan at Aberdeen’s historic Rubislaw Quarry has been backed by planners.
Canadian real estate firm Carttera wants to create 299 flats, a gym for residents and a combined bistro and “mini-museum” on the northern edge of the site – which could be 10 storeys high.
“Aberdeen is currently at a crossroads with oil investment”
Councillors on the planning committee will scrutinise the plans next Thursday and vote on whether to grant permission for the £68 million development.
Last night it emerged council officers have recommended councillors approve the plans.
Many in the community fear the development will overshadow the city’s historic granite home.
There are further concerns over the wildlife and drainage at the site, which have resulted in more than 250 objections.
However the plan does have the backing of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce who described it as “a vote of confidence” in the northeast economy.
The scheme has clashed with local businessman Hugh Black’s aims to create a £6 million heritage centre on the southern edge of the site – resulting in a bitter war of words between the two parties.
Last night a Carttera spokeswoman said the development would “breathe life” into the quarry.
She added: “Aberdeen is currently at a crossroads with oil investment but with the new football stadium, AWPR, Nigg Harbour, the Music Hall refurbishment, Art Gallery extension, and new AECC, the city is already taking bold steps and rising up to invest for future generations.
“Approval of this development would be another significant and complementary contribution towards that.”
Maggie Botchel, of Aurora planning who are working with Carttera, said: “The commitment of our clients to ensuring that we deliver a high quality building, along with all of the associated infrastructure, and particularly to providing free public access to the quarry, means approval of this application will bring real social and economic benefits to the city.”
Earlier this year dozens attended a public meeting at Harlaw Academy to discuss the plans.
Robert Frost, planning officer for Craigiebuckler and Seafield community council, said: “The mood at the meeting was everyone was against the development. It’s surprising to me that it is coming back to the committee.”
Hugh Black could not be reached for comment.
VISION: An artist’s impression of the flats complex planned for the northern edge of Rubislaw Quarry