Scolty homes comment period is concluded

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The period for public comment on a controversial proposed Banchory housing development finished today (Thursday).

The planning application for a residential development of 400 dwellinghouses (including 300 private rented, 75 affordable and 25 assisted living units) has received over 440 comments from members of the public.

There were three comments in support of the application, 438 against and three neutral when the Piper went to press yesterday

(Wednesday).

Residents have objected for numerous reasons including visual impact, environmental concerns. Strain on town resources and also on education was also a concern.

Those who support the application described a need for affordable accommodation in Banchory for elderly residents and other issues.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) object to the proposal “on grounds of lack of information regarding risk to private water supplies and how the design avoids impact on the wet woodland area.”

A Housing - Strategic Development Officer commented: “This application is significantly contrary to the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Plan.”