This may be election season but Banchory residents are divided this week on issues much closer to home, a planning application.
Sandlaw Farming is proposing to build 400 homes in the area, which would include 300 private rented, 75 affordable homes, 25 assisted living units and a health centre on land at Braehead, Auchattie.
The application has been received to resistance by local residents which the Turrif based developer branded an “orchestrated NIMBY lobby” based on “self-interest.”
Nearly 500 objections were raised in relation to the site, which also included plans for a “Banchory Medical Centre” and a hub for the Deeside Way.
A statement on Sandlaw farming set up website www.braehead-banchory.co.uk, which encourages would be Banchory residents to register their interest in the Braehead site said the development was vital.
Part of the statement reads: “No other development planned or pencilled-in for the Marr area offers the opportunity for housing for rent on a scale that will make a material difference in meeting local housing needs.
“If this opportunity is missed, the undisputed demand for rented housing remain [sic] unfulfilled for years and years to come.”
Now a Banchory resident in favour of the Braehead plans, who wished to remain nameless in The Piper, sent us a letter which could not be printed in it’s entirety as it was four pages long.
The resident currently lives in Banchory and finds housing unaffordable.
They said: “we cannot save for a deposit and unlike all the so called “wealthy” people in Banchory, our parents cannot afford to buy us a house or hand us over the money for a deposit!
“The public objectors who attended the pre determination meeting came me across [sic] very rude and just they did not consider that there were people there who were there to support families and workers to have a better way of life, and not there to shed some tears over a few cut down trees and maybe some new bends in the roads!”
Councillors will discuss the development, at the Marr Area Committee on May 5 before it goes to a meeting of the full council in June.