Strong public support has encouraged developers of the proposed Gateway Kintore
in Kintore, Aberdeenshire, to produce a master plan as a means of taking the development to Aberdeenshire Council
for a decision.
Kintore and District Community Council
Since the proposed Gateway Kintore development was made public in the spring, almost 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on Aberdeenshire council to support the plans.
has been behind the proposal from the outset, stating that the proposed facilities are desperately needed in a town that has had more than 1,000 new homes added in the past ten years. However, despite strong representations, the proposed development was not included in the Local Development Plan. A supermarket is the most eagerly anticipated part of the Gateway Kintore proposal
Now a master plan is to be produced by Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro which should enable the plans to be put to councillors.
“The community council has supported the Gateway Kintore proposal from the outset,” says Kevin Watt, chairman of Kintore and District Community Council
, “because we see it providing the sort of facilities that an expanding community desperately needs.
“The strength of public support in the local area is amply illustrated by the number of signatures on the Gateway Kintore petition. Having failed to get it added to the local plan, I hope that this master plan will provide the opportunity to get this plan in front of councillors for an early decison.”
The Gateway Kintore plans for the 31-acre site envisage a supermarket, filling station, 100-bedroom hotel, restaurants, nursery, play barn, business accommodation and community facilities on the site adjacent to Kintore’s Broomhill Roundabout on the A96.
The proposal also includes an upgrade of the Broomhill roundabout, which would be fully funded by the developer. This would retain direct access to Kintore for traffic heading north on the A96 from Aberdeen.
Under current proposals from the authorities, northbound traffic from the A96 would be diverted on a new link road across farmland to join the B994. From there, it would enter Kintore by Gauchill or Midmill. Traffic consultants have estimated this would add more than a million kilometres to total vehicle mileage each year.
Widespread support for Gateway Kintore has come from other communities in the area, including Blackburn, Kinellar, Kemnay and Inverurie. Inverurie Business Association has come out in support of Gateway Kintore, saying that it would help to absorb some of the financial outflow from the catchment area, while easing traffic congestion, reducing costs for families in Kintore and Kemnay and creating employment.
- This morning there were 743 signatures on the online petition, plus 230 on paper, making a total of 973 signatures calling on Aberdeenshire Council to bring forward the Gateway Kintore proposal.