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Aberdeen council approves plan for 1700 new houses

Aberdeen council approves plan for 1700 new houses

Aberdeen City Council has approved a new large-scale housing and retail development.

The local authority's planning development management committee has granted planning permission in principle for a major expansion to the north of the city.

The application for the Rowett South site at Bucksburn includes 1700 houses, retail and commercial provision, as well as education, leisure and community uses.

Councillors unanimously agreed a willingness to approve the proposals, which were tabled by the University of Aberdeen, subject to conditions.

The university owns the land at the site and is working with Bon Accord Land Promotion to develop it.

Stipulations laid down by the council include the provision of 25% of affordable housing, financial contributions towards a travellers site, the provision of land for a new primary school and funding towards a secondary school, healthcare and community facilities.

  (Aberdeen City Council)
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The council's convener of planning development management, Ramsay Milne, said: “The development of Rowett South will assist in the delivery of affordable housing as part of the City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan (SIP).

“There is a clear benefit to the city in terms of the increased supply of housing, subject to the conditions outlined and contributions towards supporting infrastructure.”

The site at Rowett South forms part of the wider Newhills expansion area, which was allocated in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan in 2012 for residential development.

A total of 4400 homes are earmarked for the Newhills area, which is divided into three separate sites, Craibstone South, Rowett South and Greenferns Landward.

A proposal of application notice was submitted in August 2013 and two rounds of public consultation were held in August and October 2013.

There were no objections to the proposal.

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