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Sauchen housing gets the go ahead

By David Porter

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A new housing development at Sauchen has been supported by councillors at the latest meeting of the Garioch area committee.

Stewart Milne Homes North had applied to Aberdeenshire Council for planning permission to build 49 homes and associated works on land at Cluny Greens.

The application was considered by councillors after concerns had been raised over issues of flooding in the area.

This development forms the third phase of a wider housing development in the area that has already had 50 new homes approved and includes 12 affordable properties.

Most of the proposed homes in this element will be detached and have two storeys.

Prior to the meeting an objection to the application had been received raising issues regarding capacity at Cluny Primary School and a lack of infrastructure and amenities.

Cluny, Midmar and Monymusk Community Council also objected to the plan with concerns about flood risk as the Cluny Burn lies to the east of the proposed site.

They also raised concerns on construction traffic access, footpath provision and sewage, congestion and school capacity

Aberdeenshire Council officers had recommended the application be given a delegated grant as they stated that the development is in compliance with a previously agreed Masterplan and is acceptable in terms of design and layout.

At the committee meeting councillor Ron McKail supported the recommendations and moved a motion to approve the delegated grant.

His motion was seconded by councillor Alistair McKelvie.

Councillor Martin Ford
Councillor Martin Ford

Councillor Martin Ford moved an amendment to also approve the delegated grant but added an additional point for council officers and SEPA to check flooding history in the area and whether flood risk measures on the site would need amended as local information noted that flooding data was out of date.

After going to a vote the amendment received eight votes with five for the motion.

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