Aberdeen Harbour Board announces plans to build 256 riverside homes

A riverside housing development has been proposed on land between the Dee and South Esplanade West.
A riverside housing development has been proposed on land between the Dee and South Esplanade West.

Plans to transform part of the city into a riverside district have taken a major step forward as proposals for more than 250 homes have been tabled.

Aberdeen Harbour Board has announced its intention to build 256 homes on a strip of land between the river and South Esplanade West – and the plans will be put on show at a public consultation event next month.

The land, much of which is in industrial use, stretches from Aberdeen Boat Club to Victoria Bridge.

Aberdeen City Council approved the City Centre Masterplan, which includes the vision of regenerating the south side of the River Dee on the Torry Waterfront by building homes there.

The council hopes that, as various developments progress, there will be a riverside park, a footbridge across the Dee and a hotel with an academy to train staff.

While Aberdeen Boat Club falls within the proposed development site, the club building would not form part of the development and so would not be impacted in any way.

The club’s president Jim Steel said: “Representatives of the Harbour Board have been in touch to offer assurances that we will not affected.”

Daniel Harrington, head of planning at NORR, which is handling the project on behalf of the harbour board, said: “The proposal forms a part of the council’s City Centre Masterplan, and its vision for Torry Waterfront.

“This development will provide an exciting opportunity to create the first phase of a new riverside district and will provide a residential development and enhanced riverside park along the River Dee.”

He added: “The harbour board is undertaking a process of consultation on the proposed development with the local community.

“There will be an opportunity for the public to engage and view the proposals at a public event to be held from 2pm to 8pm on April 11 in the Torry Youth and Leisure Centre on Oscar Road, Torry.

“An application for planning permission in principle will be submitted to the council after the consultation with the local community.”

A report from NORR to the council said: “The event will offer the public an opportunity to drop in and view the proposals for the development and make comments on the proposals.

“Representatives from the design team will be available to answer questions on the proposals and record any comments.”

Separate consultation will take place with representatives of Torry Community Council.

Comments should be sent to NORR, 3 Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen, AB11 6XH by April 25.