Affordable housing boost for Aberdeenshire as dozens of homes win approval ​

Councillors have approved plans for 150 homes in the North-east.

The Buchan Area Committee met yesterday and rubber stamped plans for new houses in Cruden Bay.

Council planners had already recommended the proposals were approved with provision being made for affordable housing at the site just west of the village.

Seven objections were received against the Claymore Homes Ltd scheme, with issues such as flooding and noise from construction being raised.

Cllr Norman Smith said: “The plans for 150 homes were passed unanimously by the committee.

“I would expect that the provision of affordable housing would be built at every phase of the development.

“We are always on the lookout for more affordable housing.

“The committee meeting went really well today and I would say there are a lot of exciting things happening in the area.”

At the same committee, planning permission in principle for 73 homes at Aden Park Estate in Mintlaw was also approved.

The plans are from Castlehill Housing Association.

Councillors had been recommended to support the proposals, despite the local development plan only proposing the site be used for almost half the number of homes.

Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, said: “The application site is allocated within the Local Development Plan (LDP) for 34 houses, however, 73 houses are proposed.

“While this will result in an increase in the number of housing units on the site, as opposed to what is stated in the LDP, if there are no adverse impacts as a result of this then the increased total of housing units may be considered acceptable.

“Eight letters of representation have been submitted objecting to the planning application.”

Cllr Smith added: “This was approved under the delegated grant powers for planning permission in principle so we expect to see detailed plans shortly for us to make a decision on.”

Planning permission in principle was also granted for the formation of a business park.

Northwoods Eco Business Park unveiled the plans for the facility in Mintlaw on land north of the area’s Balring Road last year.

The scheme will include a mixture of industrial, storage, office and showroom uses.

As part of the development, a new roundabout will be created linking to the A952 Mintlaw to Toll of Birness Road.

A household waste recycling centre could also be part of the proposals in the future.

Mr Archer added: “Aberdeenshire Council are currently assessing their strategy for waste management.

“While the site plan refers to a recycling centre on part of the site, this is indicative only and there is no guarantee that this is actually what will be built on the site.”

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