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August 9 2019

Affordable homes demand sparks Donside Village changes

Sanctuary Housing is to proceed with the second phase of their Donside Urban Village development in Aberdeen in the form of revised plans for a block of 23 affordable flats designed by Halliday Fraser Munro and Ian White Associates.

This follows the withdrawal of a recent application for private housing owing to an economic downturn and increased demand for affordable housing.

Explaining the change in approach the architects wrote: “An application for the ‘Icon’ Block site was withdrawn, however, it had been recommended for approval subject to a suitable mechanism to secure developer contributions.
“However due to the recent economic downturn and increasing demand for affordable housing we are now submitting a new application for the site. The revised building footprint is smaller and the overall height has been reduced to four storeys.”
Overlooking a newly installed riverside footpath along the banks of the River Don the new scheme occupies the site of the former Donside Paper Mill in front of an existing public shared space.

Finished in buff brick, dry dash render, Rock Panel and timber effect cladding the properties are designed to provide a durable and low maintenance finish.

Plans have been scaled back from the initial proposals
Plans have been scaled back from the initial proposals
The new homes will overlook a shared street public square
The new homes will overlook a shared street public square


#1 Posted by Asimov on 9 Aug 2019 at 13:39 PM
Hold on - either you can afford a car or in need of 'affordable' housing.
!Key Workers Walk To Work!
#2 Posted by !Key Workers Walk To Work! on 9 Aug 2019 at 15:44 PM
#1 clearly you don't understand who may benefit from Affordable Housing, or that they may also own, lease and run a car...

With regards to the proposals. Do they even warrant a response?...
#3 Posted by Dulnain on 12 Aug 2019 at 11:03 AM
Interesting concept a public Street/square, it looks like the flats will have a view over a parking lot for the cars of surrounding properties as there would not appear to be any thought given to how the space can be used by the people in the flats.
#4 Posted by HMR on 12 Aug 2019 at 11:49 AM
Another cracker from HFM.

Landscape is grim as well
D to the R
#5 Posted by D to the R on 12 Aug 2019 at 13:14 PM
It looks like someone has spewed up after a family size bag of refreshers.
David Wean
#6 Posted by David Wean on 12 Aug 2019 at 14:14 PM
Oft, that's a better levitating job than even me...
#7 Posted by wiilothewisp on 12 Aug 2019 at 16:20 PM
Main image - cantilvering out over the landscaping - really?

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