Kintore and District Community Council has welcomed today’s decision of the Infrastructure Services Committee of Aberdeenshire Council to include the Gateway Kintore development in the new Local Development plan.
Commenting on the decision, Brian Johnstone, chair of Kintore and District Community Council said:
“I am delighted that the Infrastructure Services Committee have agreed that the Gateway Kintore site be included in the new Local Development Plan. Kintore has been one of the most-rapidly growing towns in Scotland in recent years and we are now looking at a further 600 houses in the Kintore East development. A supermarket and filling station could now be on the horizon for Kintore
“With this continuing expansion, Kintore’s populating is expected to grow to more than 6,000 in the near future. The town is also an expanding business hub, with a number of companies having their global operations based here. Yet Kintore has few of the facilities other towns take for granted.
“This morning I made a representation to the Infrastructure Services Committee, on behalf of the community council, highlighting the reasons why Gateway Kintore should be included to give the town the opportunity to have the facilities it so badly lacks and needs.
“Today’s decision gives the developer the opportunity proceed with his plans to seek operators for hotel, supermarket and other commercial partners. We look forward to further consultation with the community to identify facilities that are required in Kintore.”
Hamish McDonald, one of the landowners of the Gateway Kintore site, commented:
“This is a tremendous boost for our plans to deliver a development that will meet many of the needs of Kintore and other communities in the area. I would like to thank the Garioch area councillors and the Infrastructure Services Committee for this decision.
“I would also like to thank Kintore and District Community Council for all their help and support. The community council have been involved from the outset when we looked at the sort of facilities that the expanding town of Kintore needs and planned how the Gateway Kintore site could provide them.
“I am grateful for the unprecedented support from the public with more than 1,000 people from Kintore and other local communities putting their names to the petition in support of Gateway Kintore and the 340 who wrote to Aberdeenshire Council demanding that it be included in the local development plan.
“We shall now be working with our planning consultants to progress the Gateway Kintore plans.”
The Gateway Kintore plans are for a 31-acre site adjacent to the Broomhill Roundabout on the A96 at Kintore.
The master plan, prepared by architects Halliday Fraser Munro, includes a supermarket, filling station, 100-bedroom hotel, restaurants, nursery, community facilities, play barn and business premises. Included in the plans are proposals to upgrade the roundabout.