Blackdog residents investigate development

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RESIDENTS at Blackdog turned out last week to investigate plans which will significantly increase the size of the village.

Mid-Formartine Cllr Allan Hendry told the Times that he has been following the plans closely, and that he had received feedback from constituents.

“The main thing people have spoken to myself about is the travellers’ site at the development. About forty people I’ve spoken to have said that they’re not happy about it,” he said. “I have my own concerns. I think it’s far too close to the landfill and firing range, and it would be unfair to expect anyone to stay there.

“Other concerns I’ve heard have related to the number of houses and where the primary school will be sited. There are also concerns about the number of landfill sites nearby. Nonetheless, people are upbeat about the new Park and Ride, and the business park. I think the developer has gone out of his way to consult with local residents, which is always good.”

Malcolm Campbell, associate at Knight Frank, said: “The consultation period is still ongoing, but we have received a good number of responses in relation to the masterplan and we’re currently analysing these. We are aware that a number of people have raised strong concerns about the potential reservation of land for a travellers’ site and in the coming weeks we’ll look to see how the issues raised during the consultation can be addressed in a finalised masterplan.”