New Buchan village to be discussed by councillors

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Buchan councillors will be asked to give their backing for plans for a new village in Buchan on Tuesday.

Members of the Buchan area committee will be asked to approve a blueprint for the South Ugie development, which will feature around 1,200 new homes, a hospital and a school.

The framework for the development has been put together by Knight Frank, along with local landowner Susan Baxter, developers Buchan Brothers and charity, The New Hope Trust.

The project was first mooted in 2009 and is expected to bring a major jobs boost to the area. If given the go-ahead, it will be built over the next 15 to 20 years, with the first of the houses due to be completed by 2016.

As well as the new houses, the developers have set aside around ten acres of employment land as well as shops, community services, and possibly a new school, health centre and hospital.

The new community will be designed to integrate with the residential areas to the south and east and the facilities in Peterhead including the town centre.

This will be achieved by providing safe pedestrian access over the A90 trunk road, including a pedestrian/cycle bridge for the Formartine and Buchan Way. The development proposals will also require two new road connections onto the A90 trunk road.

A spokesperson for the develpers said that the South Ugie Village would form a major expansion to Peterhead and would assist in the delivery of the local development plan.