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20 reasons why AFC Kingsford development should not go ahead

  • Greenbelt: It is being proposed to build this development on Green Belt land which is not designated for development in the Local Development Plan. There have been 2 planning applications in the last 10 years for developments in adjacent areas that were rejected for a number of reasons including building in the Green Belt.

  • Coalescence: If this development proceeds, there will be no Green Belt left between Westhill and Kingwells on the north side of the A944, once the Prime 4 business / commercial park is completed. Current planning approvals show that Prime 4 will extend to the AWPR junction on the A944.

  • Loss of visual amenity: There will be a major loss of visual amenity and views that currently exist. This location is in a prominent position in a wide open agricultural plain.

  • Impact on area: The 7-storey high, 20,000 seat stadium will create a very large visual impact on the whole area, particularly for residents on the east side of Westhill and along the Brodiach road.

  • Impact on local homes: The impact of the development on immediate residential neighbours will be unacceptable.

  • Noise Pollution: Noise generated from the stadium during football matches and concerts will be heard across large areas of Westhill and the surrounding area.

  • Light pollution: Light pollution from the whole development, stadium and football pitches will impact on the surrounding area.

  • Impact on community: There will be up to 20,000 people accessing the site on some occasions and around 15,000 on most match days with all the associated negative impacts of litter, use of  walkways for locals, damage to verges and pavements and other local amenities.

  • Congestion: There will be a large increase in traffic on the A944 when matches and other events are taking place. This will have an impact on the entire area of Westhill.

  • Road Safety: Access for vehicular traffic to the whole site will be via a single entrance on the A944, with westbound traffic having to cross the eastbound carriageway to get into the ground.

  • Traffic Management: The AWPR junction on the A944 including the roundabout will become a bottleneck with the additional football traffic exiting or entering the AWPR. This crossing will have a significant impact on the AWPR traffic flow, A944 and traffic in the town of Westhill.

  • Parking: Limited car parking (approx 1300 spaces with 700 available for supporters) on the site will force drivers to find alternative parking in Westhill and surrounding area including residential streets, shopping and business car parks.

  • Bus/Private Coach Parking: Only official supporter’s buses will be allowed to park on site. All other buses and minibuses will have to unload and park elsewhere, e.g. Westhill town centre.

  • Impact on village life: There will be a significant increase in pedestrians in Westhill town centre and surrounding streets on match days.
  • Bus passenger safety: For safety reasons, buses are not allowed to stop on the A944 in either direction between Prime 4 and Westhill Drive. This means that fans using the Aberdeen to Westhill / Elrick bus will most likely get off on Westhill Drive.

  • Unsafe Walking Route for Fans: Due to its width and closeness to the dual carriageway, the pavement / cycleway on the north side of the A944 is not suitable for large numbers of pedestrians walking to the stadium from Westhill or from the east, e.g. Kingswells Park and Ride.

  • Cyclists/Walkers Safety Issues: There will be concerns by other pedestrians and cyclists on the pavement / cycleway.

  • Limited Pedestrian Access: Access for pedestrians to the stadium will be via the entrance adjacent to the A944 / B9119 junction.

  • Not popular with all supporters: Various sources show that there are quite a number of fans who are against the stadium being moved out of the city centre. Actual numbers are unknown.

  • Training/Stadium Complex not required: There is no operational need for Aberdeen Football Club to have training facilities adjacent to the stadium, one of the main reasons given for this development. Very few clubs have these facilities collocated with their stadiums.

  • Information in the points above regarding this development is from AFC documentation available online and at the consultation events, as well as from discussion with AFC and their agents at the consultation events.  2nd August 2016]]>

    3 thoughts on “20 reasons why AFC Kingsford development should not go ahead

    1. My concern is all the traffic from Huntly, Inverurie etc which will turn off at Blackburn and come over onto Westhill. Drive. They will not carry on to the WPR.
      Also, where is all the landfill going to be removed to.

      1. Hi Jack,
        The landfill is building waste but may include wide variety of hazardous materials include asbestos. It is our understanding that a report will be made on the contamination of the land and if the developers can get away with it they will just build on top of this.
        You are absolutely correct about traffic from the West. They will park all over Westhill and walk to the stadium. Without controlled parking zones across the whole of Westhill and Kingswells, the entire transport strategy for this development will fail. We’ll be sharing some new information on this shortly.

    2. If Westhill is bad for parking already during swimming events, the traffic on game days will be ridiculous.

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