Predetermination Hearing

THERE will be a pre-determination hearing taking place in Kemnay, on May 10.

The meeting covers an application at lad at Fetternear Estate, the site of the Bishop’s Palace. The applcation is for 77 houses across five sites, the erection of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Don the conversion of Home Farm Steadings to form a business and training centre, the erection of a residential block to form ancillary tourism and hotel accomodation, a visitors centre, and renovation of the caretakers cottage, and stabilisation and rennovation works to the Bishop’s Palace. The application is by Mr David Fyffe, Netherton Business Centre, Kemnay.

The residential development will be located in five blocks comprising: three houses at St Ninian’s Well, 12 houses at Broomhough over two phases, five houses at Birchgrove, six houses adjacent to the South Lodge, and 51 houses (incorporating 12 affordable houses) at Longdykes.

The application has generated 62 letters of representation. Eight support the appliccation, while 54 express concerns including loss of trees, increased traffic and noise, the scale of the development, lack of school space and the fact that it is not in the current Local Plan.

The a percentage of funds from the new husing would enable the stabilistaion of Old Fetternear House, which is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register

Pre-determination hearings are a requirement of the Planning Act that came in to force in 2009 and take place when an application is a major development that is significantly contrary to the Development Plan. The hearing is an open meeting, but only those who have submitted a valid representation will be permitted to speak. The application will then be discussed at the meeting of Garioch Area Committee on 31 May and determined by Full Council on 30 June.