Green light given for new Elrick plans

An application for six new homes and a convenience store in Elrick has been approved.

By Kirstie Topp, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 25th September 2020, 6:00 am
The new development will be on land adjacent to Broadstraik Road and Strawberryfield Road
The new development will be on land adjacent to Broadstraik Road and Strawberryfield Road

The development will include a mix of three, four and five bedroom homes and a single-storey store – expected to be developed by the Co-op – with a 14-space car park on land adjacent to Broadstraik Road and Strawberryfield Road.

Access to the site will be from Broadstraik Road for both the homes and shop.

A number of planning applications had previously been submitted for development of the site including a proposal for eight homes and a convenience store which was withdrawn prior to this application.
The plan received eight objections from local residents raising concerns about issues including increase in traffic, noise pollution and antisocial behaviour.

Westhill & Elrick Community Council supported the application but had concerns about pedestrian and cyclist access.

Despite the concerns raised by objectors Aberdeenshire Council recommended that the plan be approved.

Councillor Lesley Berry said the site plan looked “odd and out of place”.

She added: “I just don’t know if that’s the right place for a retail shop. It’s not the houses I’m objecting to it’s the retail unit, it’s just not a good fit for me.”

However, speaking in support of the application, councillor Martin Ford said: “I think we will look odd to refuse this, this is a lucky break for us and will provide a facility that will I’m sure be appreciated by residents of the west end of Westhill.

“We have a good reason for a minor departure from policy and we should say yes to it.”