Traffic concerns after plans lodged for 500 homes

Plans for a massive building project which could increase the size of a village have been lodged.

Banchory firm Bancon Developments wants to build more than 500 homes in Mintlaw over the next decade, and two months ago won the support in principle of the local authority.

It has now officially submitted a planning application with the council which also sets aside land for a new care home, school and shops.

The firm’s land manager Graeme Reay said: “As we go forward, we will continue to work with the local authority and all other interested parties to ensure that an attractive and successful development is delivered over the coming years.”

Public consultations on the scheme, however, had raised concerns about the safety of the road network in Mintlaw.

Traffic Scotland also feared that the development will “exacerbate” congestion on the A90 road which cuts through the village.

Aberdeenshire Council hopes to prevent this by capping the number of homes that can be built in each phase.