Plans for new houses in Echt on show

Over forty people attended the event in the village hall
Over forty people attended the event in the village hall

Over forty people attended a public consultation in Echt Village Hall to see plans for the second phase of new homes being built at Cowdray Fields

In conjunction with Dunecht Estates, Kirkwood Homes plan to create 24 three, four and five bedroom detached homes, and six new affordable apartments north of Forbes Park and Main Road East.

At the drop in session issues were raised regarding the potential impact on the existing core path, which links Echt to Myriewell, drainage and affordable housing.

As a result of the feedback and input from the Community Council it is planned that the path is re-routed to the other side of the site boundary. Drainage for the new phase will tie directly into new infrastructure provided in phase one.

The housebuilders say they have experienced a surge of demand for the first phase of the Cowdray Fields development, which they say has been designed to be sympathetic to the historic village and surrounding countryside. Located only minutes from Westhill,

Kirkwood Homes has sold more that 50% of the initial phase.

Allan Rae, Kirkwood Homes land director, said: “The positive comments about the current development justify the amount of work which was done previously to bring forward a development of benefit to the village. We look forward to continuing to develop in Echt and will work closely with Dunecht Estates and community representatives on an on-going basis to ensure the project brings long term advantages for the village.

“Consultation exhibitions provide excellent opportunities for members of the public to exchange views on the proposals with the Kirkwood Homes and Dunecht Estates representatives long before any planning application is submitted.

The two organisations work together to ensure opinions of local residents are valued, resulting in a development with high quality design of housing, that is, most importantly, accepted by the community.”

With more than 100 employees, Kirkwood is headquartered in Sauchen.