New town development one step closer

An ambitious blueprint for the creation of a new town in Aberdeenshire can now go ahead after no legal challenges have been lodged against it.

The development at Elsick, across the A90 from Newtonhill and Portlethen, got the initial go ahead in May, but it was thought legal challenges were likely to be lodged and therefore delay the planning.

However Aberdeenshire Council have confirmed that no challenges have been received and that the plan is now formally in place.

The initial development, which consists of 4000 new homes, was backed by councillors 54-6 in April this year.

The new town has been branded as Scotland’s largest new settlement for a generation and it’s likely to cost around £1bn.

Director of the Elsick Development Company and estate owner, Lord David Southesk, has planned tens of thousands of homes as well as shops, a high school, office premises, three primary schools, a nursery, health care and leisure facilities.

The new town has been designed to create a friendly neighbourhood ambience and is designed to encourage those living in the town to shop locally.

The Elsick Development Company hope that people will want to come into Elsick instead of residents in Elsick having to go outwith to do shopping, go to school or work.

The town also has been designed to have no cul-de-sacs to try and encourage walking and cycling throughout the development instead of residents relying on their cars.

Those attending the latest Portlethen and District Community Concil meeting were impressed to hear that their concerns about the Bourtreebush junction had been taken into consideration and that the developers had re-designed the junction by planning an underpass instead of the initial plan for a flyover.

The Elsick Development Company will put their final application before councillors in the Autumn, and if all goes to plan, they are likely to start digging in Spring 2013 and building the first home in late 2013 or early 2014.