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Final plans submitted for Chapelton new town

September 27 2012

Final plans submitted for Chapelton new town
Elsick Development Company have submitted their final plans for the development of Scotland’s largest planned new town on a 2,000 acre site, ten miles south of Aberdeen.

The refined masterplan includes the detailed design for the first phase of the site which will incorporate 802 homes and specifies an underpass rather than an overpass at a proposed access junction.

Further tweaks have also been made to the distribution of houses and landscaping, including a reduction in the amount of commercial space included in a neighbourhood centre to serve up to 8,000 homes.

Lord Southesk, director of EDC, said: “As part of the extensive consultation a number of important issues have been raised, which we have reviewed and worked hard to address. We have been very careful to ensure that the scheme and design refinements respect the concerns of those living within the surrounding area as well as the overarching vision for Chapelton: both are integral to building a new sustainable community for Scotland.

“Today’s submission marks a major milestone in the development’s progress and we hope that councillors will be able to review the Further Information Report at the Aberdeenshire planning committee meeting in November.”

Architects who have contributed to the work include local and national firms, such as Covell Matthews, Benjamin Tindall Architects, Brooks/Murray Architects, Lew Oliver and Marianne Cusato.

Construction of phase 1 is expected to commence in Spring 2013.
The proposed town is touted as a return to community-based living to provide a more pedestrian friendly, mixed-use environment.
The proposed town is touted as a return to community-based living to provide a more pedestrian friendly, mixed-use environment.


#1 Posted by Egbert on 27 Sep 2012 at 13:34 PM
Is there any good reason why late-C18th has become the default style for this kind of development? Why choose that particular period? Genuinely curious.
#2 Posted by Egbert on 27 Sep 2012 at 13:38 PM
And yes, I'm bracing myself for a series of "it's what real people want to live in, you arrogant elitist architect" responses...
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 27 Sep 2012 at 14:06 PM
From the renders it looks like a perfectly pleasant little village to live in.

The fact it is a proposed new-build in the 21st Century is the depressing disappointment of the scheme. Still, I'm sure it will be a pleasant place to park your automated-production-line-built electric powered car outside....
#4 Posted by David on 27 Sep 2012 at 15:00 PM
Why do we build nice new towns instead of repairing the old, broken ones?
Fanny Baws
#5 Posted by Fanny Baws on 28 Sep 2012 at 13:38 PM
" provide a more pedestrian friendly, mixed-use environment"
Which you drive to because its in the middle of nowhere.
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 1 Oct 2012 at 14:46 PM
The unfortunate thing about these developments is that everyone gets hung up on the pieces rather than the whole. From what I have seen the developers and the designers are creating excellent places and spaces. The scale is correct and they are following the historic rules of urbanism. The fact that there are astrigals and wall head chimneys is neither here nor there.
#7 Posted by Woof on 2 Oct 2012 at 14:09 PM
How apt that Walt Disney should be supportive of this, since it will most likely resemble Disneyworld plastic pastiche. Unfortunately the pieces are integral to the whole, and the pieces in this case are not architecture. I can't understand we are so scared of the new that we have to resort to replicating the old. But.... we've been here before.

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