Concern raised over ‘disregard’ for residents

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Earlier in the year local residents came out in force against a developer’s proposal to build 700 homes in Deebank near Scolty, Banchory.

The developer, Sandlaw Farming Company, headed by Banchory resident Fred Duncan, was attempting to have the plans included into the Aberdeenshire Council 2016 – 2021 Local Development Plan.

In the recently published Main Issues Report the planning department described the scale of public objection to the proposed development as “overwhelming” and stated that the proposal “would result in a major intrusion of development into the countryside south of the River Dee...the view from Scolty Hill would be significantly affected by these developments”.

Banchory group, Objections for South Banchory 700+ housing development (OSB7HD), previously ran a successful online and door-to-door campaign to raise awareness about the plans.

Spokesperson for the group Mike Adams said: “the developer has now submitted a direct planning application for the very same development... we are concerned that the public may not be aware of this most recent activity by the developer and are worried that the application may go unnoticed.

“It is our opinion that for the developer to submit a new application the same week that the results of the LDP review were released shows a disregard both for the residents of Banchory and the many visitors and tourists the area attracts. It is important to note that the many objections which were so successful as part of the recent LDP process will not be counted against this new application and the only way of sending a clear message will be to formally object again.”

Two public consultation meetings are scheduled for Friday August 22 from 2pm – 8pm and Saturday August 23 from 10am – 5pm at the Burnett Arms Hotel on Banchory High Street.