"Urban Village" for Donside
April 28 2008
The site of the former Donside Paper Mill in the Tillydrone area of Aberdeen is to be transformed into a new urban village, following the granting of planning consent by Aberdeen City Council’s planning committee on Thursday last week (April 24).
The approval of the planning application means that the 25-acre brownfield site of the former mill which closed in 2001 will be turned into 278 new homes.
The Donside Urban Village will be developed on behalf of four social housing providers Tenants First Housing Co-operative Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, Grampian Housing Association and Langstane Housing Association under the partnership umbrella of Devanha Ltd. The land for the development was purchased by Devanha with support from the Scottish Government's Housing and Regeneration directorate.
“The Donside Urban Village is the key to Devanha’s ambitions to develop new affordable homes in Aberdeen and it is an excellent example of local social housing providers working together with government at both national and local levels,” said Sandy Murray, Chief Executive of Tenants First, who is leading the Donside development on behalf of the Devanha partners.
“The village is a flagship development for the Tillydrone area of the city and we believe it will be a catalyst for further regeneration within the local community.”
The Donside Urban Village will be a mixed tenure development providing affordable homes along with a number of properties for private purchase.
Donside Urban Village has been designed by architects firm Halliday Fraser Munro, and is intended to reflect a traditional North-east townscape, with a grid of streets connecting the main village square, the various neighbourhoods and a number of courtyards and open spaces. The plans also include some office space and business start up units, along with provision for neighbourhood shops.
The houses have been designed to be adaptable to meet the changing needs of families and individuals. Rooms will be capable of use as bedrooms, living rooms, or home offices and the homes can be modified or extended at a later date.
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