Dismay as councillors vote down Gateway Kintore

At their meeting this morning members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee voted not to include Gateway Kintore in the new local development plan.

The vote at the meeting was seven for and seven against. The chairman used his casting vote to vote out the plans.

The decision of councillors, flies in the face of huge support for the development demonstrated through a 1,000-plus petition in 2012 and 340-plus representations in the local development plan consultation, demanding that Gateway Kintore be included in the local plan.

Kintore residents will need to travel to shop

The Gateway Kintore masterplan includes a supermarket, filling station, hotel and restaurants along with business and community facilities. Also in the plan is an upgrade of the Broomhill Roundabout to improve access to Kintore on the A96.

Support came not only from Kintore, but also Kemnay, Blackburn, Fintray and communities across the local area. Among the supporters is the Inverurie Business Association who want to see Gateway Kintore go ahead because of the jobs it would create and also to reduce the amount of traffic clogging the centre of Inverurie to get to the supermarkets.

The decision leaves the 5,000 residents with the prospect of having to continue to drive through Inverurie, or to Dyce, or Westhill to do their weekly shop, with only “top-up” shopping facilities in the town in the existing Co-op and next year’s Sainsbury Local. Car drivers will continue to have to drive to Inverurie, Westhill or Bucksburn to fill up.

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