First plans are published for Glassel houses


A preview image of the five-homes development approved for the former chalets at Woodend of Glassel last week can now be revealed.

Members of the Marr Area Committee agreed to the request by the owners of the chalets at Woodend of Glassel, Mr and Mrs A George, to knock down the 1970s vintage buildings and build new homes in their place.

However, the pair’s business will continue to run with two four-star lodges.

Now Annie Kenyon Architects have revealed an image of their new designs for the houses (pictured above).

At the committee meeting last week, the designs were roundly praised by members of all sides.

Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford councillor Alastair Ross said it was an “exceptional development,” adding: “We’d be daft to turn it down.”

However, concern was raised that none of the five homes were to be “affordable.”

Aberdeenshire Council rules say that developments of six houses or more should include an affordable unit.

The architect’s website states that sustainability is a key consideration in their developments: “It is essential that new designs of any kind should consider all aspects of the built environment, including the materials and systems used and the orientation of the building on the site. All the solutions to the problems are available and it is the responsibility of the architect and client to opt for a sustainable approach.

“The practice endeavours to use locally-sourced traditional and salvaged materials whenever possible and promotes the use of renewable energy systems in both restoration and new-build projects.”

The Inch-based business employs 11 people.