Plans for 41 flats pulled at the last minute

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JON HEB­DITCH

Con­tro­ver­sial plans to turn a for­mer Aberdeen care home into more than 40 flats have been with­drawn at the 11th hour.

Cala Homes (North) and Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Aberdeen (VSA) were to present their vision for 41 flats over four floors at the For­rest Grove site on King’s Gate to the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

But the plans were pulled and coun­cil­lors did not de­bate the scheme. They are likely to re­turn, in an amended form, at a later date.

The plans had proved con­tentious among some

“Our pro­posal would ben­e­fit from fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion”

in Mid­stocket, with 31 ob­jec­tions re­ceived by the coun­cil. There were con­cerns over school places, traf­fic and the po­ten­tial loss of trees.

Last night Cala bosses said they would speak with part­ners on the plans and were con­sid­er­ing a “fu­ture sub­mis­sion” for the site.

Mike Nay­smith, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Cala Homes (North), said: “We re­main con­fi­dent our pro­posal along­side VSA stood the tests set out in plan­ning pol­icy.

“How­ever given the points raised in the plan­ning of­fi­cer’s re­port to the plan­ning com­mit­tee, not all of which we agreed with, we ac­knowl­edge our pro­posal would ben­e­fit from fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion with key stake­hold­ers and as such we have with­drawn the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We will now seek to dis­cuss de­sign prin­ci­ples with Aberdeen City Coun­cil be­fore con­sid­er­ing a fu­ture sub­mis­sion.”

The plans were pre­vi­ously al­tered with an ear­lier in­car­na­tion fea­tur­ing 49 flats and a five-storey build.

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