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March 25 2016

£150m ‘Blackdog ‘town centre’ master plan lodged
Ashfield Land and Kirkwood Homes have lodged plans to build a £150m ‘town centre’ for the tiny hamlet of Blackdog, two miles north of Aberdeen’s city limits, on a site allocated for future development in the 2012 Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan.

Serving as a gateway development for the ‘Energetica corridor’ project, a 30 mile long strip of development stretching out to Peterhead, the development will include 600 homes, offices, industrial units, supermarket, hotel and cinema.

Subject to approval by Aberdeenshire Council the scheme could get underway by 2017.

Commenting on the development Steven McGarva of Ashfield Land said: “Its prime gateway location takes advantage of the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and will help to consolidate Aberdeenshire as one of the world’s major energy centres, complementing the Energetica Corridor strategy, while ensuring that key areas of diversification in food and drink, tourism and life science are also considered and catered for.”

A retail and leisure hub, with supporting business and industrial use, has been designed by Threesixty Architecture for Ashfield Land to the north whilst a residential section to the south has been designed by Optimised Environments (OPEN) and William Lippe Architects for Kirkwood Homes.

Optimised Environments are also serving as landscape consultants for the entire master plan.
A planned food hall will showcase produce from the region
A planned food hall will showcase produce from the region
Of the 600 new homes 150 will be classed as affordable
Of the 600 new homes 150 will be classed as affordable


Town Centres first
#1 Posted by Town Centres first on 29 Mar 2016 at 22:42 PM
How's it a town centre when it's not at the centre of anything very much... It's a random shape surrounded by parking - an out of town leisure dinosaur. Just NO!
#2 Posted by Neil on 30 Mar 2016 at 11:08 AM
Quite agree #1 - whatever happened to Designing Streets et al? This looks like an old-school, 90s-style roads-led atomised exurban sprawl - disparate and unconnected blobs of development with looping distributor roads between. We have to do better than this.
Senga McSporran
#3 Posted by Senga McSporran on 31 Mar 2016 at 12:24 PM
Surely just a slightly mistimed April Fools joke!
#4 Posted by Sven on 31 Mar 2016 at 22:28 PM
It looks like a shopping centre with parking (not unlike Glasgow Fort), a business park, an indstrial park and some poorly designed mass housing estates. All banal. Is there demand for more tack and glare in Aberdeen? I was under the impression that house prices are collapsing and the number of empty shops and business premises rapidly increasing.

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