Pitmedden development deferred

A PROPOSED development outside of Pitmedden has been deferred for a site visit in the wake of local residents’ concerns.

Formartine Area Committee agreed to visit the Milldale site as part of its deliberations over whether or not to allow a five house and seven business unit development to go ahead.

Developer Bill Williams spoke at Formartine Area Committee on Tuesday saying that there was a need for affordable business accommodation in the area, and that he “believed passionately” in providing businesses with premises.

However, this viewpoint was not shared by community councillor and chairman of the Hunter’s rise Residents Association, Brian McDougall, who said that the development would lead to reduced privacy for the householders living across the road. Councillors agreed that a site visit would help them to gain a better understanding of the issues.

In other Formartine Area Committee news, members heard from the council’s legal and governance team on proposals to abolish developer contributions arising from wind turbines. Cllr Jim Gifford raised concerns relating to the fact that the alternative to statutory developer contributions - community funds - were purely voluntary. The matter will be passed on to the Infrastructure Services Committee.

Lastly, the committee agreed to give go ahead for fireworks at Fyvie, though Meldrum Sports’ application for a 12pm closing time was limited to 11pm due to concerns about noise.