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Formartine councillors asked to discuss Pitmedden plans

By Kirsty Brown

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AN application to build housing on the outskirts of Pitmedden is to be brought before councillors next week.

The application is seeking permission to build 64 houses on land at Bonnyton Farm to the east of the village and will be discussed at Tuesday's Formartine Area Committee.

The site in question was allocated in the 2017 Local Development Plan for 64 houses and open space assuming that there were two points of access, but the application has previously been dismissed by the Committee due to concerns over the access points.

The masterplan was rejected in October 2018 and the initial housing proposal was refused in September 2019.

The main concerns from the committee related to road safety and the increase in traffic.

At this time 25 objections had been received from members of the public, all of which cited concerns with the increase of traffic and coincidental safety concerns as well as concerns about parking.

It was then withdrawn and amended, and it is the amended application which will be put before councillors for discussion next week.

Concerns remain from the community regarding inadequate access points to cater to the increased traffic that would result from the additional properties.

Concerns have also been noted by the Planning Authority that they believe the application does not fully meet the criteria of the Local Development Plan.

The proposal includes plans for 16 affordable homes as well as a variety of three and four bed properties.

It is expected that the focus of the committee's discussions on the application on Tuesday will be on the amendments.

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