Plans for Kintore’s future revealed

THE Kintore Consortium - Kirkwood Homes Ltd, Malcolm Allan Housebuilders and Barratt East Scotland, will be holding a public exhibition for the local community on Saturday (February 12) to showcase their exciting proposals for future development within Kintore ahead of submitting an application for Planning Permission in Principle for the site later this year.

The Consortium’s vision is to implement a long-term, sustainable expansion of Kintore over the next ten to 15 years, creating a vibrant mixed-use development that enriches and complements the town, providing key community infrastructure including land for new primary and secondary schools, a new Community Park focussed on Tuach Hill, community facilities, employment land and a wide range of housing opportunities for Kintore.

The Consortium has been promoting land to the east of Kintore for future development through the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan (LDP) process since 2008. During this process the Consortium has received positive and encouraging feedback from the local community and key stakeholders. The site has been earmarked for future development in the proposed LDP and the consortium now wish to take these development plans forward.

Allan Rae, Land Director, Kirkwood Homes (on behalf of Consortium partners) said: ‘’From the outset of the LDP process it has been extremely important for the development partners to consult with key stakeholders such as the Kintore and District Community Council, Kintore Open Spaces Initiative (KOSI), Action Kintore etc to ensure that the vision of the development meets the aspirations and requirements of local residents. The feedback and input received from these groups has been crucial in influencing the current proposals, particularly with regards to the provision of a new primary and secondary school and delivery of employment opportunities to sit alongside the residential and community facilities.

‘’We therefore look forward to providing the community with another opportunity to view and comment on these proposals at first hand, and to continuing this engagement process to ensure that the views of local residents inform not only the proposal but that of future development within Kintore.’’

The Consortium wish to obtain as much community feedback as possible and will therefore be holding a public exhibition as part of pre-application Consultation process. The exhibition will be held at the Kintore Public Hall (School Road, Kintore) 11.00am until 5.00pm.

But East Garioch councillor Martin Ford is unhappy at the latest development in the on-going campaign to get a station built at Kintore, particularly in view of the growing population in the town and increased congestion.

It was reported to Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee recently that Network Rail do not now favour the construction of a single-platform station at Kintore as a way of delivering a station prior to track improvements likely to take several years.

Cllr Ford said: “You couldn’t make this up. A station at Kintore as part of an improved train service between Aberdeen and Inverurie was first put forward by Grampian Regional Council in about 1991. In the intervening twenty years, that original scheme has been tested, scrutinised and modified during innumerable technical and feasibility studies, at considerable cost. And after all that, we still have to wait before a station gets built.

“There is no doubt a station at Kintore would be well used. We need better public transport to cut road congestion and to help us meet climate change targets.

“It is absurd that it is this difficult, and takes this long, to open a new rail halt.”

Cllr Martin Ford is the lead candidate for the Scottish Green Party on the north-east regional list for this May’s Scottish Parliament election.

Contact: Martin Ford (01224) 790052.