Housing will go ahead at Uryside

PERMISSION for more than 200 new houses at Uryside, Inverurie were further deferred by councillors at the meeting of the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday (November 13), but construction will definately go-ahead.

The two applications for 167 houses (Phase One) and for 40 houses (Phase Three) by Malcolm Allan Housebuilders Ltd, Kintore, part of plans for for more than 1000 new houses at Uryside, had initially been submitted in 2011 and had been recommended for refusal by both the Garioch Area Committee and the Full Council. However, they were subject to a successful appeal to the Scottish Government and the Government Reporter had indicated that conditional planning permission will be granted pending negotiations over developer contributions and a Section 75 agreement covering affordable housing, off-site infrastructure costs including a new primary school.

Planning Officer Darren Ross told committee members that the Reporter had told the Council they now had a three month to reach a legal agreement with developers and that all applications for the site should be treated as one entity. He added that there was to be 10 per cent affordable housing on-site, lower than the amount now required, but in-line with the original agreement.

Commenting on the proposals Inverurie and District Councillor Bryan Stuart described the whole development a “guddle” saying that the housing would have a significant impact on traffic within the town, adding that the Reporters Office was “putting council officers in a very difficult position” and criticised the Reporters “quasi-judicial” role.

Fellow Inverurie and District Councillor Richard Cowling said he also found it “difficult to believe that additional traffic could be accommodated on the roads in Inverurie.

And Councillor Hamish Vernal added he was “deeply unhappy” with the situation but admitted there was “very little we can now do”.

All three Inverurie and District Councillors also expressed concerns about the ability of Market Place Primary’s ability to cope with the additional amount of new pupils, Councillor Vernal saying that it was a “good school in an inadequate building”

Councillors also expressed concerns over the provision of suitable play areas, noting that these were often included in applications yet failed to materialise when housing was completed. The location of re-cycling facilities was also questioned.

The committee agreed to defer the applications to allow further discussion on the phasing of the housing to accommodate pupils at Market Place School, the siting of recycling facilities and the provision of suitable play areas.