The first on-the-ground evidence of the new town of Chapelton of Elsick was spotted by Newtonhill residents this week when swathes were cut in the corn showing where the access roads would be. A roundabout is to be constructed on the west side of the Newtonhill flyover to allow access to the new town. The picture shows the path of the new road.
Planning permission for the new town was granted by Kincardine and Mearns area committee earlier this year, and it was estimated that work would begin this September. The town will aim offer to offer a pedestrian-friendly, mixed use environment for residents, with a focus on community living. The long-term masterplan includes a total of seven neighbourhoods, creating the potential for up to 8,000 homes, thus making it Scotland’s largest new settlement for a generation. It will include industrial and business development, within the site and on land adjacent to Newtonhill, and is estimated to generate approximately 8000 jobs. Phase 1a will see 802 units and a small high street built at Cairnhill, the first of seven neighbourhoods. For more information visit www.chapeltonofelsick.co.uk.