Kincluny hearing delay

Kincluny: Masterplan image
Kincluny: Masterplan image

A pre-determination hearing to discuss a major planning application on Lower Deeside has been postponed for a second time.

Plans for a new sustainable community including 1,500 houses, a village centre, community facilities and supporting infrastructure at Park, Drumoak, were due to be discussed on June 1. A revised date of October 6 is now being proposed.

A previous hearing planned for March 2 was cancelled at the request of the developer, Chap Group, to allow time for all relevant information to be submitted on Kincluny.

It had been reorganised for June 1, but the latest delay relates to Park Bridge, which links north and south Deeside, and would be an access point for the development.

There are concerns about the suitability and capacity of the wider road network and the bridge in the context of serving the proposals.

The bridge is currently subject to weight restrictions and was closed for a short period earlier this year due to flood-related damage.

A bridge survey is scheduled for June and the results will have a bearing on the consideration of the application, in particular the options available to the developer regarding this aspect of the proposals.

Douglas Thomson, Chap Group’s joint managing director, said: “We agree with Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to postpone the hearing as it is vitally important that ‎councillors and the local community have all information at hand to ensure that an informed and robust hearing takes place.

“We are fully aware that the ability of Park Bridge to cope with current and future traffic is of vital importance to the local community as a key strategic link over the Dee.

“Like others, we await the results of the council’s structural surveys, which we hope will provide a clear indication as to the bridge’s continued viability.

“We will continue to work with the council and other statutory consultees over the coming months to discuss the current situation as well as the opportunity that the Kincluny Village proposals could present should there be a need, following the structural survey, to improve or indeed deliver a new link across the Dee at this location.”