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Housing Development Aquithie Road

Proposed Development of 50 Houses at Aquithie Road, Kemnay

Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN)

ENQ/2017/1476

As at 12 August 2017, all the present information available for this proposed development, is shown below.  The next stage will be a Public Consultation, “possibly” held in the Village Hall, when members of the public will be invited to attend, ask questions, provide any feedback comment and complete comment forms. The date of the public consultation will be advertised in the Press & Journal, possibly also Evening Express at least one week prior to the event.  It is also agreed that the applicant will place a notification in Kemnay Newsletter.  Details will also appear on this page.

The plan shown below is a revised plan to exclude the strip of land to the south which is public open space amenity ground and owned by Aberdeenshire Council

During the current Local Development Plan (LDP) 2017 consultation process, Kemnay Community Council expressed a preference that this site should be retained for recreational use, possible swimming pool.  In the Main Issues Report (MIR) stage of consultation, there were development bids for various sections of this site the most appropriate probably being site Gao53 for 30 houses.  Planning Officer comment was: “This site presently has Protected status for Recreational use possibly future swimming pool.  Planning Officers indicate that there have been no bids for recreational use and would therefore be inclined to support a well designed housing development on this site.”  Kemnay Community Council, acknowledged a lack of recreational bids but supported the continued protection for Recreational use and the subsequent Draft LDP rejected housing development on this site in favour of continued Protected status.

In the current Local Development Plan 2017 the bulk of site forms part of area P1, apart from the small protruding tip on the north boundary which encroaches into BUS1, Business use.  Site P1 is a Protected area: “To conserve the sports ground and amenity area, which contributes to the green network.” (see map below).  A Protected site is defined in the LDP 2017 Glossary as: “Land that conserves or safeguards areas of open space for its setting, recreational or leisure use. It can include conservation areas and town centres existing business sites and reserved sites.

The site is therefore Protected in the current LDP 2017 by Policy PR1, which states:

Policy PR1 Protecting important resources

We will not approve developments that have a negative effect on important environmental resources associated with the water environment, important mineral deposits, prime agricultural land, peat and other carbon rich soils, open space, and important trees and woodland. In all cases development which impacts on any of these features will only be permitted when public economic or social benefits clearly outweigh the value of the site to the local community, and there are no reasonable alternative sites.

Development will not normally be permitted on areas of open space, including outdoor sports facilities, unless the new use is ancillary to the use as open space. Important areas of open space are identified as “protected land” within the settlement statements. Exceptionally, the development of essential community infrastructure may be allowed if it will not result in a deficit of open space of the type affected within the settlement, as evidenced by the Open Space Audit, or prejudice the continuity of a green network. Where loss of open space occurs as the result of a new development then replacement must be made of an appropriate type, quantity, accessibility and quality within the settlement.

Policy PR2 Protecting important development sites

We will protect and not allow alternative development on sites that may reasonably be needed in the future for:

• delivering improvements to transportation including projects identified in the settlement statements, the Local or Regional Transport Strategy, or the Strategic Transport Projects Review, routes recognised in the Core Paths plan network, closed railways and their abutments, embankments and cuttings, existing airports and airfields and operational areas of ports and harbours.

• generating and providing energy; • waste management facilities;

• education facilities;

• other community infrastructure; and

• sites to support the national developments identified in National Planning Framework (see http://www. gov.scot/Publications/2014/06/3539/7).

Local Development Plan (LDP) 2017

Proposed Development site