£150m plan will transform Blackdog

An image of how the development could look.
An image of how the development could look.

Plans have been tabled for a £150 million development in Aberdeenshire creating 600 homes and a new town centre.

The project, with housing, retail, leisure and business facilities, has been drawn up for Blackdog, near Balmedie.

Developers say the scheme would provide a significant employment boost, including 1200 jobs during construction and, in the longer term, 1500 full-time posts. Ashfield Land and local housebuilder Kirkwood Homes have been refining their proposals since last autumn, following a wide-ranging community consultation with local residents and community representatives which helped to shape the final plans.

The partners say the application, newly lodged with Aberdeenshire Council, will deliver the ambitions of the Blackdog Masterplan that was approved by the council in 2013 and called for a new town centre with business space and substantial additional housing.

Aimed at transforming Blackdog into a high-quality lifestyle, leisure and ultimately global business location, the development will include 600 houses, offices, industrial