Concerns over number of houses planned for Aberdeen site

Stewart Milne Homes have applied to build a housing development just to the west of Contlaw Road in Milltimber
Stewart Milne Homes have applied to build a housing development just to the west of Contlaw Road in Milltimber

Stewart Milne Homes has formally applied to Aberdeen City Council to build 30 homes – including eight affordable properties – on land to the west of Contlaw Road in Milltimber.

The site has been described as “sought-after” by developers and community leaders.

However, concerns have been raised over the number of homes planned, with the Scottish Government Reporter finding the site is only suitable for between 10 and 15 homes in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

The development would consist of 22 four and five-bedroom detached homes and eight semi-detached two and three-bedroom properties.

The semi-detached homes have been earmarked as affordable and will be offered through the Low Cost Home Ownership Scheme.

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John Low, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes North, said: “Following detailed consultation and pre-application discussions, we have submitted a planning application for this proposed development which takes on board the feedback from design workshops with nearby residents and the wider community.

“The design and character of the development reflects the lower density urban edge of Milltimber.

“We’ve reduced our initial proposal by 25 per cent from 40 homes to 30 homes – eight of which are earmarked as affordable rented homes.

“These homes, in this much sought-after location, will sit within a carefully designed layout that has been shaped by the existing pattern of informal walking routes through the site.

“We’ve created a green corridor running through the site, linking to a wetland feature and an adventure space for children to play in.

“The woodland to the west of the site will be retained for use by the community.”

A spokesman for Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council said residents would be eager to give their views on the proposals.

He said: “The site has been sought-after by developers for many years but was deemed unsuitable for development in the draft 2017 Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

“However, the Scottish Government Reporter in his examination recommended that the site was suitable for around 10 homes and this was incorporated into the final Aberdeen Local Development Plan in 2017.

“However, Stewart Milne has come forward for a 30-home development.

“We shall be taking a close look at this application and also expect that residents will wish to express their views.”

The Scottish Government was contacted for comment.