Milltimber residential masterplan encounters friction as hundreds object
May 27 2020
A masterplan prepared by Halliday Fraser Munro on behalf of Bancon Homes illustrates how 99 homes set behind a linear park on an 11.5-hectare farmland site currently used as paddocks within the Dee Valley.
Situated six miles from Aberdeen city centre the predominantly residential scheme would sit alongside the Old Deeside railway line, now a cycle route, with a modest retail and business element positioned in the northeast corner.
Over 350 locals have written to object to the build, citing loss of green belt, over development and insufficient infrastructure to accommodate the new homes.
Among those critical of the plans was Robin Dyer who wrote: "To build on this site would be an act of vandalism and seriously detract from the tourist experience in the future." These sentiments were echoed by pam Atkinson who said: "Green belt areas have been reduced all over Aberdeen already and I think this development would significantly impact the beauty and walks in the area. I also do not believe that local schools are big enough to support this development."
In a masterplan statement, the developer pledged to respect the existing character of the area, writing: "The block structure will create an informal street pattern with landscaping used to avoid continuous frontages of housing to reflect the development pattern of the south side of North Deeside Road.
"The streets evolve into rural routes, which are tree-lined with walls and hedging enclosing large gardens. The proportions of these plots are critical to maintaining the traditional Deeside character and the avoidance of dominant driveways and garages is essential to avoid creating the 'anywhere' suburban style of the late 20th century."
This approach has won round a handful of locals to favour the scheme, citing the longstanding need for a shop in the area and the relatively low density of housing.
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