Proposals to build 121 homes in a north-east community have been submitted to a local authority.
The proposals, from Barratt North Scotland and Polmuir Properties (Newtonhill) Limited, is for a site in Newtonhill at Park Place and Cairnhill Way, laid out in Aberdeenshire Council’s local development plan.
Included in the plan is 121 homes – 109 houses and 12 flats.
A quarter of the properties have been earmarked for affordable housing – which will be 30 units, made up of a mixture of one-bedroom flats and two, three and four bedroom houses.
The remaining 91 properties will be three and four-bedroomed terraced, semi-detached and detached dwellings.
The land is covered with gorse and open farmland and 40% of the development is expected to be left as open public space.
A planning statement, submitted along with the proposals states: “There is a critical shortfall in the delivery of housing in south Aberdeenshire.
“According to the draft 2018 Housing Land Audit (HLA), there were 116 homes completed in the Kincardine and Mearns area in 2017 – 88 homes below the 2017 target of 204 units.
“Housing is essential to supporting a successful economy and in achieving this, there is a need to increase the annual supply of new homes to ensure that housing remains affordable.
“Concerns were previously raised by local residents, through the consultation events, about the level of development proposed on the site.
“We have taken cognisance of this and reduced the housing down to 121 units from 131.”
In a letter submitted by Grampian Housing Association in support of the application, director of business development Craig Stirrat said: “We understand that at any one time there are almost 9,000 people across Aberdeenshire who face being on the council’s housing waiting list for years because of the low turnover and lack of affordable homes.
“Currently, only 7.5% of the homes in Newtonhill for social rent meet the need.”