Laurencekirk delay holds up developments

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Nigel Don MSP for Angus North and Mearns has called upon Nestrans, Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Angus Council to meet to consider a grade separated junction at Laurencekirk.

Recent submissions by Transport Scotland to planning applications have indicated that they would insist on a condition to prevent new buildings being occupied or used before an improvement to the road system, effectively preventing housing or industrial development in the area.

The affected area includes Montrose and Laurencekirk. And housing already proposed within Aberdeenshire’s local plan cannot be delivered before there is a flyover. Transport Scotland say extra traffic will affect “the operational efficiency of the strategic network”.

Mr Don said: “It is clear that the argument has gone well beyond discussion about safety at the Laurencekirk south junction. Laurencekirk is in planning terms ‘closed for business’; and this restriction must cover a wider area as yet undefined. Nestrans have commissioned a report on the best way to provide a grade separated junction. We need to see the results quickly, then we need a clear commitment by the authorities to get it built as soon as practicably possible.”