New multi-million pound Peterhead village recommended for approval

An artists impression of South Ugie Village from 2014
An artists impression of South Ugie Village from 2014

The application for a new multi-million pound village on the outskirts of Peterhead have been recommended for approval by council planners.

The masterplan for over 1100 houses called the South Ugie Village development will go before the Buchan Area Committe next Tuesday.

Described as a "new urban village" by the project's planning consultants Knight Frank, the new development would also see four hectares of employment land created on the site.

Alongside the approximately 1115 housing units proposed for the site there will also be other facilities built to support the new community.

Some of those proposals include a new primary school, a neighbourhood centre with retail, community and healthcare uses and a household waste recycling centre.

Playing fields open pace and parks and a nature reserve are also on the list of propositions.

The new development has long been on the table with the first public consultation held in 2009 with two more held in 2012 and March 2014.

In the South Ugie Village masterplan, Knight Frank set out the "vision" for the new development.

They say: "Landowners Susan Baxter and the Buchan Brothers are promoting a major residential led mixed use expansion to Peterhead, one of Aberdeenshire’s main service and employment centres and a strategic location for the energy sector.

It adds: "The vision for the development is to create a high quality, sustainable mixed use expansion to Peterhead."

Phase one of the development would see 510 houses built along with pedestrian cycle crossings.

A further 245 houses are planned for phase two alongside a neighbourhood centre and medical centre.

The primary school, if required, would come in stage 3 alongside 275 more houses while stage four would see the final 85 houses completed along with a nature reserve.

The plans also propose a railway station if required in the fourth stage.