PLANS for a brand new sheltered housing complex in Inverurie were approved by members of the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday (January 14).
The complex, which will be situated on land across from Inverurie Hospital on St James’s Place, will include communal facilities and car parking.
Due to the proximity of the A96 main Aberdeen to Inverness road, the site will be protected by a 3.5m acoustic barrier to reduce traffic noise.
The application had previously been deferred by the committee in September to allow further information on concerns related to noise and air quality raised by the Council’s Infrastructure Services.
The committee had inquired about the possibility of installing triple glazing, changing the colour of the render of the building from white, the inclusion of rainwater harvesting, ensuring accessibility of fences for maintenance and reposition of the car park.
Following discussions with Infrastructure Services it was decided that triple glazing would not be suitable as it cannot be opened for ventilation, and instead a 3.5m acoustic barrier be constructed between the site and the A96.
Recent experience from local schools on rainwater harvesting and problems with blocked filters and contamination, meant that the collection of rainwater in butts was seen as the preferred option.
The car parking are was repositioned and access for maintenance included in revised plans.
Although some concerns were still expressed regarding the access to the new development, which is also described as an “Extra Care Facility”, the committee agreed to grant full planning permission, delegated to the Head of Planning and Building Standards, subject to conditions, including construction of the acoustic barrier.