On the eve of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee meeting that will decide if Gateway Kintore
should be included in the new local plan, Brian Johnstone, chairman of Kintore and District Community Council has urged councillors to listen to the community.
At the Garioch area committee’s local development plan meeting, it was agreed that Gateway Kintore should be referred to the infrastructure services committee, with a view to including it in the new plan.
“Other towns of 5,000 people take the facilities of a supermarket and filling station for granted,” Brian Johnstone points out. “But, Aberdeenshire Council planners have opposed the only opportunity currently on the table, to provide these facilities for Kintore. With another 600 houses planned in Kintore, the need is urgent.
“At the moment, people in Kintore and other nearby communities have to travel into Inverurie, Dyce, or Westhill to do the weekly shop or to fill their car. I am hoping that the infrastructure services committee will now give the green light for Gateway Kintore.
“There can be few developments that have enjoyed the same level of community support. In 2012, more than 1,000 signed a petition, instigated by the community council, calling on Aberdeenshire Council to support Gateway Kintore. More recently, 340 people wrote to Aberdeenshire Council as part of the local development plan consultation, demanding that Gateway Kintore to be included in the new local plan.
“It would be a sad day if the clearly expressed views of the community and the community council were not heeded.”
Gateway Kintore’s agents, Halliday Fraser Munro, have written to the members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee to confirm that the development meets the three criteria set by the Garioch Area Committee.
The agents have provided evidence that:
- Gateway Kintore is compatible with the new Scottish Planning Policy, particularly in relation to sustainability
- Gateway Kintore will not impact negatively on the town centre
- While time has not permitted renewed consultation with Transport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council’s roads officers, previous consultation over the proposed improved A96 junction did not raise any concerns.