Backing for St Cyrus housing proposal

COUNCILLORS have given the green light in principle for a site at St Cyrus to be developed for housing.

An application had been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council by Dundee company G.L. Residential Ltd., for permission to develop the site to the west of Invergarry Park.

Councillors on the council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee backed the proposal after being told at their meeting last Tuesday that the committee would be allowed to rule on the site’s final design.

A report considered by the elected members said: “Given the nature of an application seeking planning permission in principle, the applicant is under no obligation to state a determined number of dwellings proposed.

“The application therefore simply seeks to establish the principle of a residential development on site.

“The principle of the development is established by virtue of the site’s designation for housing development within the Aberdeenshire Local Plan 2006.”

Aberdeenshire Provost and local councillor Bill Howatson noted the number of concerns raised by the village’s residents.

He said: “There have been issues raised about sewage and flooding. There’s clearly a lot of concern about the development.”

The proposals attracted 11 letters of objection which raised a number of concerns including the impact on the character of the area, drainage, increased traffic in the area and the impact any large development would have on the village school’s roll.

St Cyrus Community Council has also said the scale of any future development and the possible effects on flooding problems within the village were also concerns.

Area councillor George Carr agreed that had been serious flooding in the area, with “a phenomenal” amount of water in the field during heavy rainfall in 2009.

But North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison said the time for objections had passed.

He said: “I don’t see any grounds for turning this down. The time to object to this was when it went in to the local plan.”

The council’s planning officers said they could arrange for the final application to be brought back to the committee when it was completed.

Despite concerns voiced by other committee members, Councillor Tom Fleming said he would welcome a development on the site, suggesting that it could contain 30 homes.

Councillors voted 9-2 in favour of approving the application which had 11 conditions attached, including that each house should have its own paved driveway.