Green light for more Uryside homes

The next phase of housing at Uryside was approved on Tuesday (January 15).
The next phase of housing at Uryside was approved on Tuesday (January 15).

THE next phase of construction at Uryside, Inverurie got the go-ahead from members of the Garioch area Committee on Tuesday.

Phase One and Phase Three of new housing at the Portstown portion of the Uryside development will see Malcom Allen Housebuilders of Kintore construct 207 new houses, but it has been agreed to phase construction to around 17 to 20 houses per year to allay committee members fears over local primary school capacity levels.

The two applications had also been deferred at the committee’s meeting last November to allow for for alternative proposals for on-site waste and recycling facilities.

The proposed waste recycling point will be constructed within the grounds of the proposed new primary school, and on-site bin storage areas will also be provided.

As has been previously reported in the Herald, developers had successfully appealed to the Scottish Government’s Reporters Unit after the Full Council had refused proposals for more than 1000 new houses at the Uryside development.

Negotiations between developers and the council are still on-going over the final legal agreement, including the provision of affordable housing, land for a new primary school, the long awaited Rothienorman link road and improvements to the Howford Road Bridge.

Local councillors agreed that they had little option but to approve the applications but expressed their disapproval over the Reporters decision to accept only 10 per cent affordable housing on-site.

Inverurie and District Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes branded the decision “appalling”, saying “if ever there was an example of the reporter driving a coach and horses through what we originally wanted, then this is it.”