Go-ahead for £1 million development at Haddo

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AN ambitious scheme to transform a popular North-east parkland has been approved.

The £1 million renovation will take place at Haddo Country Park, which is owned and run by Aberdeenshire Council.

The project was given the go-ahead on Tuesday at Formartine Area Committee.

Councillors were recommended to accept the lowest project estimate of £1,060,691 submitted by CHAP Construction (Aberdeen) Ltd. The work is expected to begin next month and last a year.

A report by officials stated: “The regeneration project includes enahncing the parkland landscape, renovating original statues, monuments and ornamental features, providing enhanced interpretation, improving a listed building, providing a new visitor centre and additional car park and improving the footpath network.

“Around 58 per cent of funding is from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the emphasis is on improving visitor numbers and activities.”

The parkland came into the ownership of the former Grampian Regional Council in the late 1970s. The mansion is owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland.

The report went on: “In more recent times it has been identified that the park’s facilities need a rigorous upgrade in terms of renovation of existing features and to be more obviously adapted to its primary contemporary function as a recreation facility for the people of Aberdeenshire.”

The Haddo Country Park Regeneration Project is managed through a partnership called the Haddo Country Park Forum Ltd.

It includes Aberdeenshire Council, the National Trust for Scotland and Haddo Estate.