A packed Community Council meeting heard from Harry McNab of Bancon about the proposed Stonehaven South development at a specially arranged meeting last Tuesday. His presentation was followed by a lively and interesting discussion, at which it became clear that there are some considerable concerns in the community about the development, and in particular its effect on the Dunnottar Woods and on certain important views, such as from the Golf Course and the Black Hill War Memorial. There was also some qualified support for the development, although many expressed scepticism that the promised community facilities and infrastructure would actually be delivered.
Last Tuesday's general meeting was the first after the summer break, and was well attended. The Community Council were joined by several Aberdeenshire Councillors, and many issues that have come up over the summer months were discussed.
The application for three wind turbines at Hillhead of Auquhirie has been resubmitted, with slight modification to the location of two of the turbines, and the Environmental Impact Statement has also been published. Aberdeenshire Council will be contacting anyone who commented on the
previous application to inform them of the change and invite the
submission of new comments, and the Community Council will be resubmitting their comments to ensure that they are added to the new planning file.
Eeva-Kaisa Arter was coopted on to the Community Council at the June meeting to fill the vacant Kinneff seat, which leaves us just one seat to fill to be up to full numbers again.
There is still one seat (Dunnottar) currently unfilled, and we are interested in hearing from anyone interested in joining us. Dunnottar parish is the northern part of the CKDCC area, and covers from Mill of Uras up to Dunnottar Castle, and over to Auquhirie and the Carron. It includes Dunnottar Castle and the East Newtonleys area that is the site for Bancon's proposed "Stonehaven South" project.
Members of Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Council attended the public exhibition for the proposed development around East Newtonleys in the parish of Dunnottar. The brochure outlining the plans, which include 1000 houses, a supermarket, health centre, primary school and other community resources, can be downloaded from Bancon Developments web site.
Plans are at an early stage at the moment and the developers - Bancon Developments, Stewart Milne and Dunecht Estates - are just starting the process. They are currently seeking input from the community, and as the site is entirely within the boundary of CKDCC we are well placed to influence the way the development proceeds.
As CKDCC will be discussing the plans over the coming weeks and are interested to hear your views. If you would like to have your say, please come along to one of our public meetings or contact us via our web site.
The Community Council meets in Catterline School at 7.30 pm on the last Tuesday of the month, except for the months of July, August and December. The AGM is held after the ordinary meeting in March.
The next public meeting of the Community Council will be on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.
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