Barratts to appeal Uryside knockback

BALMEDIE-BASED Barratt (East Scotland) are set to appeal against a council knockback of a thousand-home project at Uryside, Inverurie.

The appeal to the Scottish Government reporter comes after Aberdeenshire councillors accepted advice from planners not give permission for 611 houses to be built by Barratt, and 253 more by Malcolm Allan Homebuilders. The project, which came before the full council due to its scale, was turned down in July by 48 votes to 7.

Planners had pointed out that the application went against a number of council policies, with much of the proposed Uryside Phase 2 development lying outside defined development boundaries identified in the shire’s Local Development Plan. Letters from objectors to the scheme cited the pressures which hundreds of new families would place on local schools, ‘haphazard’ development, and the fact that the development is effectively separated from the rest of the town by the River Ury. Concerns were also raised about increased traffic congestion.

As part of the planning gain associated with the Uryside development, a new road connecting the Rothienorman and Oldmeldrum roads would have been constructed, as well as a primary school and improvements to the Howford Bridge.

David Scott, Operations Director at Barratt East Scotland, said: “We were obviously extremely disappointed that following several years of careful planning and extensive negotiation with both the planning authorities and Aberdeenshire Council, as well as considerable financial investment, our application was refused.

“It was particularly disappointing as the application was only submitted after detailed discussions with all interested parties – especially the local community council – and aimed to provide a number of much needed, quality family homes, and make a significant contribution towards improving the local infrastructure, which would have benefited both our residents and the wider Inverurie community.

“Following the planning refusal decision in July, we have considered the matter carefully and are optimistic that our appeal will be successful.”