Housing boost at Kinellar

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PLANS to convert Cairntradlin Steading in Kinellar into seven residential units and one holiday let were agreed by members of the Garioch Area Committee at their recent meeting on Tuesday, (August 23).

Committee members were informed that while Aberdeenshire Council usually limit the number of residential units in a steading conversion to three, exceptions are made for steading “complexes” and the steading in the application by Mr and Mrs S Campbell as per Annie Kenyon Architects comprises a large group of buildings. It would also be usually required for seven residential units to have a minimum of three business units, but the size of the proposed holiday unit would make a business providing high quality holiday accommodation of more benefit that three small scale business units.

Committee Chair, Martin Kitts-Hayes noted that he didn’t think a holiday home was really classed as a business, and expressed concern regarding a recent situation that had arisen with another holiday let that was being used as rental accommodation, and asked whether it was possible to attach a condition to the application ensuring that the holiday accommodation would not be used as rental accommodation. However, he was informed by Planning Officer Darren Ross that enforcing such a condition would be extremely difficult, as the committee had previously been unable to come up with a definite definition of a “tourist”. There was a condition that the holiday accommodation should not be occupied more than 42 consecutive days and would not be occupied outwith the period of March 1 to January 31 each year.

Inverurie and District Councillor asked if any of the proposed residential units would be affordable accommodation, and was told that a separate agreement would be negotiated for an “offsite” contribution towards affordable housing in the area.

The committee agreed to refer the application to the Infrastructure and Services Committee confirming support for the application.