Five new houses given go ahead

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COUNCILLORS yesterday backed plans to build five new houses on the edge of Meiklemill.

The proposals - for five new homes at the site adjacent to 85/87 Hillhead Drive - were recommended for approval by planners, who had knocked back previous proposals on the site.

The development is set to include five individually designed houses with integral business spaces, incorporating sustainable energy generation installations such as solar panels and heat pumps. Though it has yet to be finalised, the site has been earmarked in the council’s Local Development Plan as zoned for development. Three objectors made their views known, citing concerns about flooding in the area, traffic in the area, and a loss of privacy.

Councillor Isobel Davidson told the committee that the proposals were to be welcomed, and praised the standard of design in the plans.

“It’s a great opportunity for some new, innovative buildings in Ellon,” she said. “I, for one, look forward to seeing this development.”

Cllr Rob Merson agreed, saying: “I’d like to commend very highly the standard of the presentation for such a small development. The site has no unresolved objections, and I would like to see it go through as quickly as possible.”

Cllr Debra Storr added: “There is no reason for delaying this project any further.”

In line with planners proposals, the project was awarded a delegated grant, subject to satisfactory resolution of developer contribution issues, and improvements to the nearby burn.