£150m Blackdog project approved

An aerial view of the Blackdog project
An aerial view of the Blackdog project

Councillors have backed plans for a £150million development at Blackdog in Aberdeenshire.

The project will include 550 houses and retail, leisure and business facilities.

An artist's impression of the central plaza

An artist's impression of the central plaza

Developers Ashfield Land and local housebuilder Kirkwood Homes’ applications for permission in principle were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of Formartine Area Committee.

The development will include homes for around 2,100 new residents, offices and industrial accommodation, a regional food hall, local food store, other retail outlets, hotel, cinema and restaurants.

The housing application was approved under delegated powers and the commercial element was recommended for approval to the full council next month.

Extensive consultation on the plans was carried out by the developers.

Steven McGarva of Ashfield Land said: “We are pleased to receive unanimous approval from the committee and hope that Aberdeenshire Council will now approve our plans when they meet next month so that we can start to deliver the key commercial components of the Blackdog masterplan.”

Kirkwood Homes land director Allan Rae said: “We will now finalise infrastructure plans and bring the next phase of residential development forward following completion of the AWPR link road to Blackdog.

“We look forward to playing our part in creating a vibrant community at Blackdog as part of the Energetica vision for the area.

Philip Mann, chair of Blackdog Resident’s Association, said: “Local people have been waiting a long time on these plans, which will provide a welcome boost to the village and help Blackdog grow to its full potential creating new jobs.

“The building of new homes, and especially the town centre, with retail and leisure facilities, is vital to the growth of the village.”

Work could begin on site later this year.