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Tarves homes design rejected

By Grant Milne

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COUNCILLORS have rejected Scotia Homes' plans for nine timber-cladding homes at Tarves as they felt the development would look unsightly in context of the surrounding area.

Aberdeenshire Council officers had recommended that Formartine Area Committee grant the application, however members at Tuesday's meeting in Turriff turned down the proposal after a vote.

The matter had flagged up at a similar meeting last month but councillors on that occasion had deferred it to allow further negotiation between the Planning Service and the applicant to determine whether it would be possible to retain the original design (a mix of timber cladding and white render) for two properties that front Duthie Road.

The housing in question is part of an expansive development for 113 homes in the village that was approved on appeal by the Scottish Government in August, having initially been objected to by the local community council and rejected by councillors, who felt that it was too substantial a growth for Tarves with the population potentially increasing by more than half.

Councillor Jim Gifford argued that “the design was slightly different” but didn't feel it was “necessarily a bad thing” in relation to the application for the nine homes adjacent to Presly Avenue.

However councillor Andrew Hassan forwarded the amendment to rebuff, citing: “These types of housing are very different from anything else in Tarves.

“They are quite prominent on the approach of the conservation area.

“These homes are essentially situated on the gateway to the village and that cladding is not common in Tarves.

“I'd be inclined to refuse [the application] on those grounds.”

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