Pitmedden charity looking to develop quarry site

The plans have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council
The plans have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council

A Pitmedden charity is aiming to create a new purpose-built base for its voluntary work.

PUT – Pitmedden, Udny and Tarves Community SCIO – has lodged plans with Aberdeenshire Council for a storage facility at the former Allathan Quarry on the outskirts of Udny.

Founded ten years ago, the volunteer group provided a local facility to compost garden waste, with around 200 tonnes composted annually over a five-year period.

Now the site is currently used by PUT for storage of horticultural equipment in two shipping containers which enables the group to plant and maintain flower beds, gather litter and plant trees locally.

A recent community engagement exercise – Imagine Udny – identified a desire to see the quarry site re-developed for recreational and small industry use.

Planning agents for the charity – David Murray Associates – say the proposed development is an opportunity to consolidate the group’s overall storage requirements within a new purpose built facility.

They say: “This proposal is an opportunity to make use of an existing brownfield site by providing purpose built premises to allow the consolidation of the storage requirements of a local charitable organisation.

“This design statement has also demonstrated that the physical form of the building can be accommodated without any detriment to the landscape setting or to the existing infrastructure network.”

It will be used for storing community equipment and materials including a tractor, trailers, plant pots, bagged compost, litter picking and PPE equipment, watering equipment, hand tools and the like.