New Deer housing proposals rejected

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Plans for 35 new houses in New Deer have been turned down.

The site adjacent to Fordyce Terrace was refused by the Buchan Area Committee with concerns raised by both councillors and council planners.

We could’ve had a far better masterplan for the area

Cllr Jim Ingram Central Buchan

Alan Davidson, infrastructure services planner, said: “Our main issue is roads.”

Mr Davidson stated that “every four houses needs a parking space for visitors” which was not included in the current plan.

He also stated that certain house types had “deficient car parking,” counting 10 in the current plan.

Mr Davidson then put it to the council that the application was “up for refusal on road issues”.

One of the main issues concerning the roads is the three separate cul-de-sacs that make up the area which would require vehicles, including refuse trucks, to make 3-point-turns to exit the site.

Mr Davidson said: “We much prefer to see that there is inter-connectivity between these three cul-de-sacs.”

Architect Ryan Urquhart, who helped design the plan on behalf of Eddie Hosie Property, refuted the claims made by the planning officer.

Mr Urquhart also said that cul-de-sacs were prominent features in New Deer and that the plan would “retain the character of the area.”

Central Buchan Councillor Jim Ingram also raised concerns about the roads.

He said that he was in favour of developments taking place in the village but warned against the proposed scheme.

Councillor Ingram said: “We could have had a far better masterplan for the area.

“We are really in danger of getting the worst for the community as a result.

“I have got genuine concerns about roads.”

The application was refused on those grounds.