Planners recommend approval for 121-homes plan despite hundreds of objections

The properties would be built near Park Place in Newtonhill
The properties would be built near Park Place in Newtonhill

Proposals to build 121 homes in a north-east community could be approved next week despite hundreds of objections.

Plans from Barratt North Scotland would see 109 houses and 12 flats built on a site near Park Place in Newtonhill.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee is to meet next week to discuss the development.

Planning officers have recommended the homes are given approval via a delegated grant.

A quarter of the properties in the proposal have been earmarked for affordable housing.

The local authority received 651 objections against the plans and one letter of support.

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People opposing the application have said it would have a negative impact on education and the school rolls and would lead to a loss of green space.

David Palmer, managing director for Barratt North Scotland, said: “We welcome the recommendation for approval given by the planning authority in relation to our plans for the Newtonhill site, and look forward to the decision from the committee on October 30.

“Should the decision be to follow this recommendation, the area will benefit from much-needed quality homes for sale and affordable rent, all culminating from a robust and collaborative process with Aberdeenshire Council.”

He added: “It will also further demonstrate Barratt Homes’ continued investment in the north-east of Scotland and our commitment to providing quality homes across the region.”

A report to the council committee said: “A significant number of representations express concern regarding the loss of public access to the area known as the Moor as a result of the development.

“While this service acknowledges this loss, it must be remembered the public has enjoyed access and amenity over private land.

“While many view the area as a public asset that should be saved for the greater good, it is not the gift of the planning authority to insist private land is retained for recreational use.”

The committee meeting takes place on Tuesday in Stonehaven.