Councillors against Souterford development

An artist's impression of the housing plans for Souterford, Inverurie.
An artist's impression of the housing plans for Souterford, Inverurie.

Councillors have declared their opposition to a major housing development planned for Inverurie.

Taylor Wimpey want to build 335 homes and a community park at Souterford - but fears have been raised about the impact on roads, schools and nearby historical buildings.

Planning bosses recommended refusal on several grounds and Garioch Area Committee backed the recommendation this week, adding concern about education and roads issues.

But the final decision will be made by Aberdeenshire Council in the New Year.

The committee was asked by officials on Tuesday to provide preliminary views to the full council and note the refusal recommendation.

Members had twice deferred the plans to seek further information.

The application was due to be discussed at the area committee on November 12, but was withdrawn at the request of the developers.

Taylor Wimpey said they wanted to ensure the committee had all available information to make an informed decision.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, Paul Hughes, the company’s strategic land manager said: “We are extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the Garioch Area Committee, particularly given the great opportunity that the Souterford proposals represent in terms of not only delivering a sustainable expansion of the town - only five minutes walk to town centre - but crucially providing much-needed affordable and accessible family homes in Inverurie.

“We have been clear from the outset that there are no technical matters which would prevent the proposed development proceeding, and with the application to go before Aberdeenshire Council in the New Year, we will continue to outline the many benefits that a planned and deliverable development as that proposed at Souterford would provide for local residents.”