Residents invited to view plans for Deeside village

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RESIDENTS are invited to attend a meeting on a proposal to build 1,500 homes near Drumoak and Durris.

Kincluny Development Trust, a social enterprise formed in September, say its first public consultation regarding Kincluny - which they describe as “Scotland’s first sustainable village” - will be held

on Thursday, November 24 , between 2pm and 8pm, at Drumoak Church Hall

Further consultations will be held, in association with Robert Gordon University, in early 2012.

The Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan identifies a requirement for 72,000 homes over the next 30 years. During this period Kincluny says it will offer over 1,500 architecturally innovative houses, styled “specifically to integrate into the Deeside location”.

Prices will range from £90,000 to £500,000.  At least 30% of the mixed tenure homes will be affordable to those on low incomes, whilst others will be at the very top of the housing spectrum. 

Built on Park Quarry a former-quarry brownfield site , Kincluny is promising a carbon neutral target. It has commissioned the Robert Gordon University’s Centre for Understanding Sustainable Practices to research optimised energy building design, wind power, renewables, water and sewage. Scandanavian technology not yet rolled out in the UK on this scale will be employed to manage waste. 

CHAP’s initial intended investment of £400million will go towards land, building work and amenities, such as a school, shops and renewable energy. But the village will take responsibility for managing its own income, promoting community life and securing future development.

A primary school and leisure facilities will be developed and employment and entrepreneurial opportunities will be created. Approximately 150 construction jobs will be generated each year over a ten year period, as well as permanent employment in the community. Training will be available in modern sustainable construction techniques and new technology. The village will be a low cost workspace for start-up local businesses. This, coupled with CHAP’s donation of £1K from the sale of each of the 1,500 properties, will, the company says, provide a solid, long-term income for the Development Trust.

“Kincluny is unlike any other development,” says Bill Burr, managing director at CHAP Homes. 

“It’s not all about the buildings.  Bricks and mortar come later.  It’s about creating a community where people want to live and work.  We’re excited about sharing our mission with the public during the consultation period.  Their feedback is essential to further the vision.”

“Kincluny will turn sustainability principles from rhetoric in a glossy brochure to a day-to-day community reality.  It will be built on a former-quarry brownfield site to the highest specification in terms of renewable energy, conservation and environmental technologies.  We are promising a carbon neutral target.”

“Kincluny really is pioneering a new era of housing developments.  In the 21st century communities need to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.  They must consider self-sufficiency, mobility and provision of energy and food.  Kincluny will take responsibility for managing its own future development, promoting community life and ensure long-term financial stability.  This is true sustainability. “The new village has the potential to alter the perception of creating and managing community life.  The social capital of a community is becoming just as important, if not more prevalent, than the buildings themselves.  I can’t wait to inspire Aberdeen at the public consultations.”