Development 'will spoil views of Bennachie'

An application APP/2015/3793 has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council for a commercial development on the hill above the existing Thainstone Business Park.

The map indicates that the development would be spread across the hill below Camiestone farm, from Clovenstone right across the hill to the trees in front of Thainstone Hotel. The photograph towards the bottom of this page indicates the location in red viewed from Hill of Balbithan with Millstone Hill on Bennachie behind.

Thainstone commercial development
Objectors argue that a new commercial development close to the ridge line in front of Bennachie will spoil its landscape setting

The proposed commercial development to the west of the existing Thainstone Business Park, will take development up close to the top of the ridge that runs south from Bruce’s Camp – named after King Robert the Bruce who was believed to have sited a hill fort there.



The ridge from Bruce’s Camp, above Clovenstone to Tom’s Forest are part of the landscape setting for one of the most iconic views of Bennachie – undoubtedly one of Aberdeenshire’s most celebrated hills. The Bruce’s Camp and the ridge provide an outstanding natural setting for Bennachie when viewed from the east – one of the best viewpoints to enjoy the distinctive profile of the Mither Tap.

If this commercial development gets the go-ahead then the green ridge will be covered, to just below the summit, with intrusive mosaic of commercial buildings. At night glaring street lights and flood lights will screen the views of Bennachie with unwelcome light pollution.

Proposed Thainstone development

Commercial development is essential if we are to develop our Aberdeenshire economy for the future, creating jobs and opportunities for everyone. But, while there are less-intrusive sites available, do we really need to spoil our iconic landscape with an elevated business park in front of such a celebrated and sensitive landscape?

Despite being timed to coincide with the holiday period around Christmas and New Year, this application has already attracted a significant number of objections.

If you wish to object, or support, the application you can do so online. Go to the online comments form, add your name and address and your comments.

Comments on the application must be made between now and February 11, 2016.

STOP PRESS: A petition has now been launched to oppose the development. You can sign the petition on Change.org at www.change.org/p/aberdeenshire-council-protect-the-beautiful-landscape-of-the-lower-don-valley-aberdeenshire.
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