Souterford housing plans back on agenda

PLANS for a major housing development at land at Souterford Road, Inverurie are due to be discussed by members of the Garioch Area Committee at their meeting next Tuesday, (November 12).

The proposals by Taylor Wimpey to build 335 homes, associated infrastructure and a Community Park on land at Souterford Road, was deferred at the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday, (June 25), for further information, and was also subject to a pre-determination hearing held in September 2012.

Paul Hughes, Strategic Land Manager at Taylor Wimpey, told the Herald, “Over the last few months we have continued to liaise with Aberdeenshire Council to resolve many of the issues raised by Council Officers in the previous Garioch Area Committee Report, and importantly address many of the key points highlighted by elected members. We are now pleased to say that there are now no technical matters which would prevent the proposed development proceeding.

“The 335 newfamily homes at Souterford would be a mixture of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, which given the close proximity to both the Town Centre and local transport links such as the railway station, represent and excellent, and importantly a deliverable solution, for building much needed new homes in Inverurie. Taylor Wimpey is also committed to working with the local business community to assist in improving the Town Centre and Town Hall to continue to ensure that Inverurie remains a vibrant market town in the heart of Aberdeenshire.”

Commenting on the affordable element, he added, “It is evident from the 1200 household waiting list, that Inverurie suffers from a severe shortage of affordable / accessible housing. Unfortunately for many, recent planning applications have consistently failed to deliver the required 35 per cent affordable housing requirement.

“It is for this reason that Taylor Wimpey wish to ensure that 84 of these family homes are made available for the affordable homes market, with a further 33 being for accessible homes.”

The application will be determined by the Full Council meeting on Thursday, November 28.