Residents set to protest over plans

A group of residents objecting to a new sustainable village at Drumoak are set to protest at a consultation event on the proposals this afternoon (Thursday).

As reported in the Piper earlier this month, Kincluny Development Trust, a social enterprise formed in September, will hold its first public consultation regarding Kincluny, billed as Scotland’s first sustainable, self-sufficient, carbon neutral, community-focused village, inspired by the North-east housing shortage.

The consultation, led by Aberdeen-based architects Halliday Fraser Munro, will take place today between 2pm and 8pm today (Thursday), at Drumoak Church Hall.

Kincluny is expected to be the country’s largest sustainable construction project and will be CHAP’s biggest venture to date.

However, not everyone in the local area agrees with the development.

Robert Fowler, of the Old Manse, Drumoak, said: “A group of us with placards will be protesting about the proposals, which were turned down in the local plan last year. “The village of Drumoak voted against it and the council said it was unnecessary.

“There’s plenty of land set aside for housing in Drumoak village, less than a mile away and no need to build a village there without any infrastructure.

“The Grade-A listed monument, Keith Tower, will be yards away from this development, which I don’t think is right, and I understand that during the quarrying, they have bulldozed away a bronze-age burial site.

“Another village will severely impact on the rural life we have chosen here and the South Deeside Road is not suitable for the vast increase in traffic this will bring.

“The development is also too near the River Dee for any effluent which might get into the system.”

Bill Burr, managing director at CHAP Homes said: “Today is all about collating the thoughts of local communities to further the Kincluny vision. It’s a very ambitious project. We can’t wait to inspire local people.

“I’ve seen too many large-scale developments fail to build a true sense of belonging. Kincluny is already creating a sense of belonging before the first brick has been laid.”

John Halliday, chief executive at Halliday Fraser Munro, said: “We have worked hard to develop an exciting masterplan, capitalising on the wealth of opportunities that the brownfield land offers for Kincluny.

“We are looking forward to showcasing our brand new impressions of what the village will look like at today’s consultation.”