Framework for South Ugie set for approval

editorial image

The South Ugie Development Framework, which plans for the creation of more than 1,200 homes on the outskirts of Peterhead, is set to be given the go-ahead by Buchan councillors on Tuesday.

The framework sets out the criteria that future masterplans and planning applications must adhere to in order to ensure the final development meets with the required standards in terms of design and layout of buildings and provision of community facilities.

Members of the Buchan area committee will consider the plan when they meet in Peterhead. The framework has been developed by Frank Knight, Susan Baxter, Buchan Brothers and the New Hope Trust in association with Aberdeenshire Council.

It provides a number of key land use considerations in relation to the location of the residential, community and retail land uses, the pedestrian and cycling linkages and existing and new landscaping.

Three new accesses are proposed which will allow all three landowners to jointly commence building work across the site during Phase 1 of the development.

A site will be reserved within the M1 allocation for a new primary school, community uses and hospital/health centre,.

In a report to Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief Stephen Archer says the site is currently zoned to Clerkhill and Meethill schools, both of which have some capacity to accommodate limited development, especially in the period beyond 2017.

Mr Archer says the provision of affordable housing has been discussed further with the landowning group, following the earlier deferral by the Buchan Area Committee.

“All landowners acknowledge that affordable housing is a key part of the delivery of the M1 site,” he says.

“The framework confirms the intention of the developers to provide such a mix of house types while the potential disposal of part of the site to a housing association is welcomed.

“The farmwork provides sufficient information to carry the site forward towards the masterplanning stage,” he adds.

Committee members will give their views on the framework which has already been the subject of consultation and engagement with the local community and Peterhead Community Council.