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Plans Submitted to build 500 Homes in Aberdeenshire

Plans have been submitted for a development and supermarket outside one of the largest towns in Aberdeenshire.

If approved, 500 new homes will be built in Mill of Forest, outside Stonehaven.

The proposals have been presented to Aberdeenshire Council after plans for 1,500 homes were rejected by local councillors last year.

The Mill of Forest development would also bring a large-scale supermarket and a business park to the area. Many local residents have been wanting the former for a long time.

However, local people have expressed concerns about potential issues such as visual impact, flooding, and the knock-on effect on the area’s schools and resources.

The new development would also involve the construction of a bridge near Stonehaven. Its purpose would be to connect the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

Plans for Mill of Forest, which would include 125 affordable homes, are backed by Drum Property Group and Barratt North Scotland.

Chris Ross, Barratt North Scotland’s senior land manager, said that the views of the local community have been carefully taken in, and they reflect a real need to start building a variety of homes that are compatible with different income levels in the area.

Mr Ross said that while the number of proposed homes have been reduced to 500 from the original 1,500, Barratt North Scotland is completely committed to delivering 125 affordable homes to tackle the present imbalance.

He added that Mill of Forest would act as an expansion of the town, compatible and sustainable in all respects, allowing the community to prosper.

Drum Property Group representative Fife Hyland said that Mill of Forest would result in the delivery of a badly-needed supermarket for local residents and boost business for existing services and businesses in the area.

 

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However, a Stonehaven and District Community Council spokesman pointed out that there were some concerns about the potential for flooding and a possible negative impact on local infrastructure, such as Mill of Forest and Dunnottar primaries.

He said that even some homes classed as ‘affordable’ are still beyond the means of some people and the term is something that has been thrown around by developers and politicians.

The spokesman added that pressure on Stonehaven’s resources would also result, and concerns remained about flood issues. There are two developments on both sides of the road: Mill of Forest on one side and Carron Den on the other.

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