A PLAN for 300 homes at the foot of an Aberdeenshire hill has attracted dozens of objections.
Proposals for the development at the Scolty Hill at Braehead in Banchory have been lodged, with objections from locals reaching more than 60.
The plans will include 200 homes which will be for private rent, 75 affordable homes and 25 assisted-living apartments.
Sandlaw Farming is behind the application which will see the homes built on farmland just south of Banchory.
The new application for 300 homes comes after Aberdeenshire Council rejected the firm’s first proposal for 400 homes in June this year.
As part of the new plan, there will be 3.5 acres of land for a primary school, a public park, children’s play areas and a new visitor centre for the Deeside Way.
The new plan is not included in the council’s current Local Development Plan, neither has it been included in the forthcoming one.
In a letter, Dr Alan Smith of Banchory said: “Development would put undue pressure on bridge at Falls of Feugh and increased congestion as most residents would commute into Aberdeen.
“This bridge can only take one car at a time and is simply not suitable for any increase in road use.”
Another Banchory resident, Stuart Wright, said: “I am very much against this development.
“It is in a very special and natural area so close and accessible from the centre of Banchory.
“This makes it invaluable as an area of nature so easily available to Banchory residents, and to visitors to the area.”
Melissa Smith, in her letter of objection, stated a problem with infrastructure.
She said: “This development would put so much strain on the schools and doctor’s surgery.
“The doctor’s surgery is already overstretched and the schools would be at breaking point, especially the academy.”
No one from Sandlaw was available for comment.