Plan for 284 new homes at Blackdog gets the green light

Plans to build 284 new homes at Blackdog have been approved by Aberdeenshire Council.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 7:09 am
Artists impression of Strabathie Village, Blackdog. Courtesy of Kirkwood Homes

The Kirkwood Homes development of 284 houses will be located on land to the east of the Blackdog Industrial Estate and south west of the Blackdog Rifle Range.

It will include a mix of “affordable and private” properties consisting of one to five-bed homes.

The application previously went before the committee last month but was deferred for more information regarding sound concerns to the north of the site and future community facility provision.

The Ministry of Defence and Environmental Health had raised concerns about potential noise nuisance from the nearby rifle range on residents.

A Noise Impact Assessment revealed that 11 properties to the north of the development would be affected during daytime firing hours and a second fence was proposed by councillors as a possible solution.

Councillors were informed that fencing provision already included in the application was deemed to be “competent” and there would be no need to add an additional fence.

Planning permission in principle was previously granted in 2019 for a development of 550 homes, education and community use as associated infrastructure in the area, however following a review the school site was removed and the proposed layout was altered.

Kirkwood Homes believes this updated masterplan is “future proofed” should a new primary school be required at a later date.

Community facilities are still being proposed however they could now be built across the AWPR slip road and away from the site.

Prior to the meeting the application received six objections raising concerns over a loss of amenity, noise pollution and loss of woodland.

Despite these objections councillors were recommended to give the application a delegated grant subject to conditions by council planners.

Councillor Jim Gifford said: “This is the first phase of a very large development and we really do want to see the other phases brought forward as soon as possible because it is a community we are building here.”