Public opinion sought on Pitfour Estate proposals

Hamish hopes members of the public will go along to public consultation this week to express their views on the plans. 'Picture: Carla Duthie
Hamish hopes members of the public will go along to public consultation this week to express their views on the plans. 'Picture: Carla Duthie

A HIDDEN estate could soon be opened up for the community’s enjoyment, thanks to Mintlaw man Hamish Watson, and his hopes to put a new lease of life into one of Buchan’s oldest treasures.

Members of the public are being asked to give their views on the proposed development at Pitfour Estate near Mintlaw, which featured in last week’s Buchanie.

Plans include the restoration of an existing Listed Temple and three bridges, upgrades to the path network throughout the estate and an enabling development planning in principle application for nine residential plots to provide funding for the project. Owner Hamish Watson hopes to see the beautiful estate opened to both the local community and tourists in the area, and has already carried out a great deal of community consultations, including a meeting with the community council.

Last week he told the Buchanie why he wanted to see this plan through, saying: “Pitfour is a stunning estate that half of the community don’t even know about and my aim is to share a presently hidden gemstone with the local community and visitors to the area.”

Members of the public are asked to go along to the public consultation on Friday (January 12), at The Garret Lounge, Mintlaw, between 2pm and 7pm. Forms will be available on the day of the event to make comment or alternatively they can be forwarded to Baxter Design.

Any comments made are not representations to the Planning Service and that when the application is Formally submitted there will be an opportunity to make representations at that stage direct to the Local Authority.

For further information contact: Baxter Design Ltd, 9 Kirkgate, Old Deer, Peterhead, AB42 5LJ, or call Kevin Smollet of Baxter Design Limited on 01771 622296.