Hearing on Kincluny village plans

An artist's impression of the proposed new Kincluny village
An artist's impression of the proposed new Kincluny village

Developers behind proposals for a new village in Lower Deeside will outline their plans to councillors tonight (Thursday).

Chap Group is seeking approval for a 1500-home development on the outskirts of Drumoak.

This evening, at a pre-determination hearing, company representatives will spell out their proposals for the Kincluny project.

The hearing has been postponed twice, most recently in June to allow Aberdeenshire Council to complete a structural survey on Park Bridge, which links north and south Deeside, and its ability to cope with current and future traffic.

Chap has offered to assist with the delivery of a new or upgraded bridge if its plans are approved.

A planning permission in principle application was lodged with the authority last December for the houses at Park Quarry.

Also proposed is a village square with shops and cafes, community facilities including a school and a health centre.

Douglas Thomson, Chap Group’s joint managing director, said: “We welcome the opportunity to present the Kincluny proposals at the pre-determination hearing and importantly address any questions that councillors may have.

“Over the last five years we have sought to carefully design a new village which is in keeping with the quarry’s unique setting and importantly the character of the local area.

“The proposals also present a real opportunity to deliver new homes and the infrastructure to support it, in an area where people wish to live but at present to do not have the chance to do so.”

The hearing, which also allows third party representations, will take place in Drumoak School at 7pm.

A report with recommendations will then be drawn up for a future meeting of Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee who will give their views before referring the application to the full council for a decision.