Sauchen housing development given the go ahead

Councillors have given their support for a new housing development in Sauchen.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 7:01 am
A total of 49 homes will be built in the village
A total of 49 homes will be built in the village

Stewart Milne Homes North had applied to Aberdeenshire Council for planning permission to build 49 homes and associated works at Cluny Greens, south-west of Kemnay.

The development is the last phase of the council’s plan to provide a total of 99 new properties in the area – 23 of which have already been completed, with 27 currently under construction.

A detailed report on the proposal was presented to councillors at last week’s Garioch Area Committee.

The homes are to consist of eight two-bed properties (all of which are affordable units), 16 three-bed properties (four of which are affordable units), nine four-bed properties and 16 five-bed properties.

Concerns had been raised regarding flood risk, as well as footpath provision and sewage, increased congestion and school capacity.

The planning application stated that both SEPA and the council’s flood prevention team are satisfied with the proposal in terms of potential flood risk.

However, the majority of councillors voted for the report to be presented to the environmental regulator again with the additional information for further review.

Councillor Ron McKail supported the recommendations and moved a motion to approve the delegated grant, which was seconded by Councillor Alistair McKelvie.

Councillor Martin Ford moved an amendment to also approve the delegated grant but added an additional point for council officers and SEPA to check flooding history in the area and whether flood risk measures on the site would need amended as local information noted that flooding data was out of date.

He said: “I do think we’ve received credible information that there is grounds for concern and I would like a response at some point whether we could ask for some further reassurance.

“The overall scheme has been through due process and is entirely acceptable. It is only a question of the detail whether the flood risk to some of the properties that have been proposed, is in fact much greater than one in 200 years.

The amendment received eight votes with five for the motion.