‘Shame’ if old Aberdeen school is turned into housing

Dennis Will,chairman of Dyce Community Council at the event
Dennis Will,chairman of Dyce Community Council at the event

The chairman of an Aberdeen community council has said it would be a “shame” if a former school was turned into housing.

The Cordyce School site, which has lain empty since being destroyed in a blaze in November 2017, has a planning designation as greenbelt land, however that could be changed.

A consultation for Aberdeen City Council’s Main Issues Report took place at Dyce Library on Wednesday, which showed the site is a “desirable” plot of land for housing.

The event was the first stage of the next local development plan, which sets out Aberdeen City Council’s vision for the city.

Members of the public were encouraged to attend the session and give their views.

Gloves are off as Aberdeen boxer and garden centre go head-to-head for former school site

Boxing champion Lee McAllister lodged a bid last year to create a £10 million health and fitness village at the site of the former school.

Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop, located just off the B977 near Dyce, has also submitted a bid to move to the location.

Dennis Will, chairman of the Dyce and Stoneywood Community Council, said he hopes the site is not turned into housing.

He said: “It is next to the river, and there’s never been housing on it. It would just be a shame if that was allowed to happen.

“You just wonder where they would stop with housing.

“It’ll be a shame if the council back this. Everyone likes to think the garden centre bid could happen.”

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In a post on social media, Gordon McGillivray of the garden centre said: “Proposals submitted by Aberdeen City Council to the planning service under the Local Development Plan review have requested to change this designation.

“Please support us in our bid to save our business and 43 jobs and to keep Dyce as green, beautiful and diverse as it is.”

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There are a host of issues being discussed in the Main Issues Report, which covers the whole of Aberdeen.

These include city centre living, visitor attractions, residential development standards, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, office provision and housing for the elderly.

Planning development management committee convener Marie Boulton said: “The Main Issues Report is not a draft version of the 2022 Aberdeen Local Development Plan, but is instead designed to stimulate discussion.

“We’re keen to hear from residents, landowners, developers and other interested parties on how we can best grow our city.”

More events are to be held over the next few weeks in the city.

The team will be in Cults Sports Centre today from 4pm until 8pm, Kingswells Community Centre tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm and Danestone Community Centre on Thursday from 3pm to 7pm.

There will also be a session at Lochside Academy on March 27 from 4pm to 8pm, at the Bon Accord Shopping Centre on April 4 from 1pm to 7pm and April 6 from 10am to 2pm.

The last consultations take place at Aberdeen Sports Village on April 9 from 3pm to 7pm and the Beach Leisure Centre on April 12 from 3pm to 6pm.

The Main Issues Report and the online consultation can be found at consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning/mir2019

It closes on May 13.