Plans for a huge housing development at Rubislaw Quarry, which have prompted a deluge of formal objections, were the subject of a stormy public meeting.
Canadian real estate firm Carttera wants to create 299 flats, a gym for residents, and a combined bistro and “mini-museum” on the northern edge of Rubislaw Quarry – which could tower 10 storeys high.
The £68 million scheme has attracted more than 130 objections online within the past two days, with just three supportive letters submitted.
Last night, dozens attended a public meeting at Harlaw Academy to voice their disapproval to representatives from Carttera.
Louise Pirie said the population influx would overburden roads around the area, and “create problems for our children and grandchildren”.
Carttera’s plans also include 332 parking spaces and a public walkway with viewpoints over the historic quarry.
The scheme has come into conflict with local businessman Hugh Black’s aims to create a £6m heritage centre on the southern edge of the site.
Carttera argued the proposed tourist attraction would have a negative impact on the value of its flats, and Mr Black’s appeal to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland to vary the conditions for his land there were recently rejected.
Mr Black remains hopeful that his vision could be realised, and has advised people on how to object to Carttera’s aims through his Rubislaw Quarry page on Facebook.
Carttera founder Jim Tadeson said: “We trust that the council will assess the application on its merits, not a pop-up Facebook campaign initiated by a disgruntled and unsuccessful developer.”
Mr Black insisted that his vision is not “dead in the water” and that the scale of the objections showed his plans have public support.