Another housing development planned for Kintore

Aberdeenshire Council is recommending approval for a planning application proposing up to 150 new homes in a residential development at Midmill in Kintore. The development comes at a time when the community council is campaigning for more facilities, including Gateway Kintore, before more houses are built in the town.

The application, which is due to go before the Garioch Area Committee of Aberdeenshire Council on May 29, is described as an “enabling development for a town park and associated facilities at Woodside Croft in Kintore.

New Houses in Kintore
More new houses planned for Kintore

The application for planning permission in principle is in the name of J R Craig and Scotia Homes. The architects are William Lippe of Inverurie.

The report to the committee envisages the site could be developed for up to 150 houses, with 10% of the total being affordable housing. The developers would be asked to make a financial contribution towards primary and secondary education in the area, plus a financial contribution towards three hectares of parkland and a sports pavilion. The development brief calls for parkland sufficient to allow for sports pitches, a play area, parking and a pavilion.

When the development was first mooted in 2004, Aberdeen City Council advised concerns about the size of the development and, in particular, that it could have a significant impact on the traffic entering Aberdeen on the A96 – which was then over capacity at peak times.

Among the objectors, at the time, were Kintore and District Community council.

As part of the development brief it was proposed that the B994 Kemnay road would be realigned to join the existing roundabout at the entrance to the Midmill business park. However, an alternative proposal to install traffic lights is being proposed because the land needed for realignment is not in council ownership and “from an environmental point of view new road building should not be promoted without thorough examination of all options”.

This would mean the continuing conflict of a roundabout in close proximity to a busy junction with high volumes traffic from Kemnay heading to the A96 and Aberdeen. It certainly seems an unsatisfactory compromise.
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