Decision on new Peterhead village postponed

Artist impression of South Ugie Village from 2014
Artist impression of South Ugie Village from 2014

The decision on an application for a new village on the outskirts of Peterhead has been postponed after councillors received a late flurry of emails from concerned neighbours.

The application for the new, mainly residential, South Ugie Village development was before the Buchan Area Committee today after being recommended for approval by planners.

However any decision on the project has been pushed back after councillors revealed that they had been contacted recently by would-be neighbours of the new development who were concerned that they had not seen the plans for the development until this weekend since the last public consultation in 2014.

Peterhead councillor Alan Gardiner, who would be one of the neighbours affected by South Ugie Village, said that there were about "nine or ten" houses that wanted to look at the new plans.

The councillor said that he had been given assurances by planning consultants Knight Frank that the neighbours would be informed if any major changes to the 2014 plan were made but that that has not been the case.

He said: "There's been a radical change from 2014 and the neighbours weren't told."

He added: "They were happy with what they had seen in 2014 but it's significantly different from what they seen then and they haven't seen this new plan until this weekend."

The councillors proposed that the neighbours meet with the developers and Knight Frank to go over the changes that have been made to the masterplan.

These discussions could lead to yet more changes in the plan currently before the Area Committee, though Stuart Pratt, committee chair, said that he believed any changes would be minimal.

He said: "I'm not expecting major changes, with what has been said to me it's small tweaks."

Two of the changes that have been made since the application was last seen in 2014 is the position of the proposed primary school and the bridge over the Trunk Road which planners have moved away from the existing Buchan and Formartine Way.

The affected neighbours will now have to meet with planners and consultants before the project can move ahead.

Any further decision on the village is not expected until September at the earliest.