An Aberdeen community council has objected to a planning appeal – saying that an existing plan should go ahead instead.
Craigiebuckler and Seafield Community Council was among the 350 objectors to plans for 299 flats on the site of Rubislaw Quarry.
The proposal, submitted by Canadian firm Carttera, was rejected by the planning committee at Aberdeen City Council (ACC) in June – by seven votes to two.
William Sell, secretary of the community council, has submitted a new letter following an appeal lodged with the Scottish Government.
In the new objection, Mr Sell said that the existing planning permission, to build a series of office blocks, should go forward instead.
The document states: “The applicant has already stated that there is currently consent for an office block on the site of the proposed domestic development.
“This may well be to the advantage of Aberdeen because the price of oil has risen considerably, since July 2017, whilst the renewable energy aspirations of the city are already progressing in the form of wind turbines which have been built off the Aberdeenshire coast.”
Mr Sell said that the office blocks, passed conditionally by the council in 2014, could act as an expansion to the nearby Hill of Rubislaw office building.
It is Mr Sell’s belief that the offices could be used to boost the energy sector in the region.
The letter says: “If Aberdeen and the region are to continue to compete on a world stage, it must increase its available office space to provide enough administrative support in a central location for the companies who are responding to future increases in the world demand for oil along with the continuing growth of the renewable energy sector.”
The proposed development has drawn a great deal of criticism from residents, with many saying that it is not in keeping with the area.
Along with the number of objections, members of the community also turned out to protest the proposal the night before the decision was made to reject the plans.
A representative of Carttera declined to comment on the matter.