Monymusk moves onto next stage of ‘masterplan’

Monymusk residents look at the plans
Monymusk residents look at the plans

Aberdeenshire Councillors have agreed to approve the next stage of the Monymusk homes ‘masterplan’ at the Marr Area Committee meeting.

In January, members had approved permission in principle for the building of up to 44 new houses on land to the west of Monymusk School.

The plan includes allocation for 11 affordable homes from developer Kirkwood Homes.

In July, villagers had the chance to scrutinise the application (pictured) and question developers.

At Tuesday’s (September 10) committee meeting in the Alford Public Hall councillors approved the project but some members raised concerns that the ‘character’ of the village could be tainted.

Cllr Peter Argyle said: “This (development) could be anywhere in the UK.,.. Monymusk is a beautiful village- I used to live there- and it is a place with an enormous amount of character. Hopefully we’ll see more ambition with this.”

He was echoed by Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Councillor Alastair Ross: “Retaining character is something we’d definitely appreciate... we must avoid identikit housing schemes.”

The approval of the next stage does not restrict the council when considering the homes as a planning application.