Children living at a proposed residential development near Aberdeen airport would hear less from a Boeing 737 than they would from a TV inside their own homes, according to a developer.
The remarks were made during a public hearing into plans by First Endeavour LLP to build 302 flats on land at Wellheads Road in Dyce.
The proposals have proven controversial locally with more than 283 objections lodged, compared to 36 letters of support.
The authority’s environmental health team has objected to the plans, arguing they are “not satisfied” future residents would be “suitably protected” from noise, including aircraft noise from Aberdeen International Airport which lies 360 metres west of the site.
During the hearing at the Town House yesterday, a member of the team said the Civil Aviation Authority recommends noise should not exceed 57 decibels at that site, adding that was “likely to be exceeded” at some homes.
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Steve Keenon, of First Endeavour LLP, said they had made three attempts to meet the environmental health team but claimed these had been refused.
He said: “A child playing in our four safe play areas will encounter less noise from a Boeing 737 landing or taking off then they will when they return to their new home to listen to a TV.”
Mr Keenon said building more than 300 homes would “considerably reduce” the council’s housing waiting list of around 4,000, arguing that a separate application for an office block on the site would generate more traffic than the housing proposal.
But Bill Harrison, secretary of Dyce Community Council, told the hearing that the group objected to the “inappropriate scale” of the development, adding that too much was being “squeezed” into the site.
Convener of the committee Marie Boulton told the hearing that the application may be determined at a meeting of the planning committee on November 1, but failing that would come to the committee on December 6.