COUNCILLORS have backed proposals for a contentious housing and business development in Udny.
James Williams, of Milldale Park, applied for planning approval in principle for the development at Milldale, Udny.
Members of Formartine Area Committee discussed the application following a site visit on Tuesday.
The developer plans to build five houses and seven business units on the site, which is to the south-east of Pitmedden.
The application attracted 14 letters of objection, including one from the Hunters Rise Residents’ Association. Udny Community Council also expressed concerns about the proposals.
Among the concerns of opponents were that it would detract from other under utlised industrial developments in the area, whether there was a demand for additional housing in the area, the proposals were out of character with the location and the impact on the quality of life of residents in Hunters Rise.
The application was considered by the committee earlier this month and deferred for additional information.
A report by planners said the land on which the housing was to be located currently contains a redundant building with a yard, while the business units are to be built on agricutural land.
It continued: “The entire site lies within the settlement boundary as identified in the local development plan. The housing part of the site is not allocated specifically for business use and the employment element is wholly within the land safeguarded for employment use.
“Therefore, it is considered that in principle the proposals do not conflict with the development plan and would assist in achieving the key planning objectives for the settlement to provide an opportunity for local employment and housing to meet local needs.
“There have been no objections from consultees, therefore it is considered that permission be granted, subject to conditions.”
The committee agreed but asked for the application to come before them again at a later date.