Stuartfield plans discussed at public exhibition

KEVIN O'BRIEN OF MACADAM DESIGN WITH  THE STUARTFIELD HOUSING MASTERPLAN.. (BUCHAN/BROWN)
KEVIN O'BRIEN OF MACADAM DESIGN WITH THE STUARTFIELD HOUSING MASTERPLAN.. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

A PUBLIC exhibition was held at Stuartfield Village Hall on Thursday for residents to air their questions and concerns on new housing plans.

Gary Purves, a planner with Knight Frank and Kevin O’Brien, an architect with McAdam Design, were on hand to speak to locals.

The meeting was held so residents could suggest ideas for the Colaren Homes development including the layout, sititng, design of houses, materials the house builders could use, the heights of the buildings and the type of community and recreation facilites the village needs.

The exhibition revealed that 50 houses are proposed to be built by 2016 with a second phase of 25 to be built from 2017 onwards.

Land has been reserved for a new health centre but this might not go ahead as Mr Purves explained: “The NHS recently got back to us and said they would improve the Mintlaw centre but we have still kept the land reserved just incase they should need it.”

The new homes would increase the population of Stuartfield and this could possibly have an impact on the local primary school but there has been a way round this as Mr Purves said: “Aberdeenshire Council have said the school is currently at capacity but the planning gain contributions from the development will go towards building a new classroom.”

On the community and recreation land he said: “The community will tell us what they want to see so we have had suggestions including a skate park, a football ground and a play area including climbing frames.”

After feedback from the meeting has been recorded, a final plan will be submitted for full detailed planning permission which developers are looking at happening as soon as this summer.