Homes plan ‘poses a threat to Banchory’

A campaign has started urging residents to have their say on the possible inclusion of 700 Banchory homes into the 2016 Local Development Plan.

Thursday, 23rd January 2014, 11:21 am
The plans for the development

Leaflets have been handed out locally calling on the community to make their views known on the proposed housing development south of the Dee.

A packed meeting of Feughdee West Community Council at Inchmarlo Hall on Monday, January 13, heard Turriff-based Sandlaw Farming’s proposals for the expansion which would take place over 10 years.

The meeting was estimated to have been attended by between 100 and 150 people with one attendee telling the Piper that the proposals were put to a vote by show of hand.

All voted against the development, according to the man.

Residents worry that the site could be adopted into the Local Development Plan (LDP) for 2016 as a ‘preferred development bid site.’

This would make the development more likely although it would still be subject to Aberdeenshire Council planning procedures.

The new leaflet states: “This development poses a threat to Banchory as it sets further precedent for further construction in an unspoilt area of natural beauty...”

It goes on to say that impacts could include “1400 additional cars” and “10 years of construction traffic.”

Sandlaw Farming’s paper says that the proposals would have “many benefits”: “Housing development close to the town centre will have a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits.

‘‘We will provide a range of high quality housing and facilities for all ages and stages of life...”

Banchory and Mid-Deeside Councillor Karen Clark said it was “vital” for residents to engage on the LDP, whatever their views.

The final submission date for comments is February 1 and can be made by emailing [email protected]