Councillors to debate additional house proposals

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Plans have been submitted for an additional 60 houses at Peterhead’s Inverugie Meadows.

Councillors will this week discuss the increase to what they already approved way back in 2006.

The extra houses are contained within Scotia Homes’ latest phase of 131 properties at the popular location on the periphery of the town.

In a report to the Buchan Area Committee which meets on Tuesday, planners say that the houses would be in an area without any specific land use and would comprise a mixture of detached, semi detached, terraced and flatted properties of modern style designs, albeit the majority of which would express traditional proportions.

The properties located down the western side of the site, with roads to the front and rear would be of “dual frontage” designs.

One objection to the additional homes raised the issue of school capacity and further uncertainty over education provision.

In a report to councillors, infrastructure services director Stephen Archer explains: “Due to the Peterhead-wide rezoning exercise, options for provision are still being explored. As of yet, the council can’t pre-empt the outcome of this exercise, however the developers are agreeable to a suitable mechanism which may or may not require contributions to education and this can be worded suitably in the S75 agreement.

“Account is also taken of the land already earmarked by the developer for a new primary school within the site, the developer has offered to extend the time period for this to be taken up.”

Recommending approval of the additional houses and their layout, design and siting, planners will remind councillors that the mix of house types is welcomed and that the overall layout and mix also means that properties would benefit from good levels of amenity and privacy.