Souterford plans put on temporary hold

An artists overview of the Souterford site
An artists overview of the Souterford site
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PLANS for a major housing development at Souterford Road, Inverurie, which were due to be discussed by members of the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday (November 12), were withdrawn from the agenda at the request of the developer.

As was reported in last weeks Herald, Taylor Wimpey have submitted a planning application to build 335 homes, associated infrastructure and a Community Park on land at Souterford Road. The application had previously been deferred at the Garioch Area Committee on Tuesday, June 25, for further information, and was also subject to a pre-determination hearing held in September 2012.

Paul Hughes, Strategic Land Manager, Taylor Wimpey, told the Herald, “Taylor Wimpey wish to ensure that elected members on the Garioch Area Committee have all information at hand to make an informed decision regarding the proposed Souterford development.

“This crucially includes ensuring that the Committee Report for the application is as robust as possible. We are therefore grateful to the Council for agreeing to withdraw the Committee Report for the application as this will importantly provide additional time for the Council and indeed Taylor Wimpey to address key issues within the Report.’’

Taylor Wimpey say that the delivery of new homes at Souterford does not require the delivery of the Keith Hall Relief Road, nor are there any other technical matters which would prevent the proposed new family homes being built. They also say that they are committed to ensuring that as part of any planning obligation, that a contribution of approximately £2.1million would be forthcoming towards the cost of delivering a new primary school.

They also say that they wish to ensure that 84 of the homes are made available for the affordable homes market and a further 33 being for accessible homes.

The application will be finally determined by the all members of Aberdeenshire Council, at their Full Council