Plan for new homes agreed

The site of the proposed residential development in Ellon
The site of the proposed residential development in Ellon

Up to ten new homes could be built on a site near Ellon’s Waterton House in the near future.

Councillors at the Formartine Area Committee granted planning permission in principle to plans submitted by Lippe Architects & Planners on Tuesday, August 22.

The land where the new homes would be built is located across from Howdens and next to the Waterton Meadows housing development.

However the houses may not be built until some time in the future as Scottish Water have said that there is not enough capacity at the Ellon Waste Water Treatment Works to accommodate the development.

As the plans are in their early stages there is no final layout, siting or designs of the development available.

The submitted plan discussed by councillors suggested ten houses be built on the site.

Prior to the meeting, the plans received six objections with issues raised including an impact on Waterton House, road safety, privacy and an impact on historic, archaeological qualities of the area.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Gillian Owen said: “Can I ask that there is a limit to the number of houses that are built there, the development will face a busy road and we need to be cautious of another access road leading on to Castle Road.

“It seems strange that Scottish Water have said that there is no local capacity but they haven’t rejected the plan.”

Fellow councillor, Richard Thomson, added: “I think a site visit is premature but I share the concerns about privacy and the access road.

“It’s a lovely spot of Ellon and I don’t want it to have an impact on the local amenities.”