Councillors to decide on four new houses at Richmond Farm development

FULL planning consent is being sought for the erection of four houses at Richmond Farm development on Kinmundy Road, Peterhead.

An application from ARD Properties Ltd, 2 St. Andrew Street, Peterhead, will go before members of the Buchan area committee when they meet later today (Tuesday).

As well as the addition of four new houses, the firm wishes permission for amendments to phase two of the development, including variations to house types, alterations to the layout, amoung and location of open space provision.

The agent advises these changes are required as a result of the preferences of clients for specific house types and the need to avoid significant infilling of an area to erect houses at an appropriate level.

Members will hear that two objections have been submitted against the plans, raising concerns over the amended layout for plot 189, which they say if changed the neighbours will be worse off, while they also say it is too close to the common boundary and will overshadow the garden due to the slope, while the neighbours will suffer a loss of privacy if two (frosted) windows are opened.

In a report to today’s meeting, Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, says the planning service has no concerns with the minimal increase in number of houses on the site, provided the requisite amount of open space remains.

Mr Archer says an area of concern expressed by one objector is that the developer started building works up to foundation level on plot 189 without the benefit of planning permission.

“Given the practices of the developer on site and the situation that has come to light with significant works being undertaken without the benefit of planning permission, it is considered necessary that the planning service monitor the activities and progress of the development to ensure that works are being progressed in accordance with the approved plans,” he says.

Members will be asked to recommend that full planning consent be delegated to the head of planning and building standards, subject to a number of conditions being met by the developer.