Thainstone Business Park extension 'breaches' LDP

This is an impression of how the view of Bennachie from beside Kintore Golf Club could look if the proposal, to extend the Thainstone Business Park up the hill beside Bruce’s Camp, is approved.

But, it has emerged that part of the proposed development would appear to conflict with the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan.

Bennachie and Thainstone now

Bennachie and Thainstone after

The southern section of the site, adjoining Clovenstone, is zoned as SR2 on the Local Development Plan. This designation means the land is “strategic reserve” land and should not be released for development until 2024-2030.

As such it would appear that the application breaches Aberdeenshire Council’s Local Development Plan.

Objections on the basis of this breach of the Local Development Plan could result in the refusal of the 17 hectares of land that are zoned as SR2.

You can also post an objection to the plan online until February 11. Go to the online comments form, add your name and address and your comments. Objections on the council website will probably carry more weight than just signing the petition.

Even if you have already submitted a comment, you can make a new submission, possibly highlighting the potential breach of the LDP if development were approved on land zoned as strategic reserve.

A petition has also been launched against the development. The petition says:

“The Don valley between Dyce and Inverurie is a picturesque area with our iconic Bennachie in the background and is highly visible from many vantage points around the area.

“This beautiful landscape is at risk due to a proposal to change 50+ acres of farmland to commercial use on a very prominent hillside which is visible for many miles around, this equates to about 32 football pitches which is a considerable amount of land.”

You can sign the petition on at

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