As part of the preparation of the Local Development Plan (LDP) 2021, Aberdeenshire Council invited applicants to nominate land for development (known as the ‘Call for Sites’ stage).
As we indicated previously, the application for the stadium has led to a number of new development bids for Green Belt land adjacent to the site or close by. These include:
Huge development by Stewart Milne, developing Damhead, Cadgerford and Blackhill (sites on the opposite side of the A944 from the stadium site) (GR066). This development links with proposals to develop land into Aberdeen City across from the stadium site. As we said before, a ribbon development along the length of the A944!
This capacity study from 2014 shows the priority which MAY be given to development (GREEN means that it is RECOMMENDED FOR DEVELOPMENT). The stadium is being used by developers to grab land, in a justification of unsustainable development of the local area.
A link to local Councillor Iris Walker’s helpful explanation is listed here:
A link to Councillor Walker’s page which lists the developers bid for inclusion in the new LDP is here:
Of course there is nothing stopping bids being submitted, however, along with the construction of the stadium goes the loss of the Green Belt status of the land at Kingsford and surrounding area. As predicted, these bids are the thin end of the wedge as these are only the Aberdeenshire bids up to the regional border, with Aberdeen City bids still to be submitted.
Should the stadium go ahead, an ‘open door’ policy on development on the North and South sides of the A944 would surely follow. This will affect all those who not only live in Westhill but those who use the A944 to commute to and from work.
The road infrastructure along the A944 is incapable of dealing with further development and Aberdeen City Council would have little or no argument against development along the A944 corridor now they have succumbed to AFC. Planners state that they recognise the pressure that developers will now bring to bear in submitting bids for high footfall generating developments close to AWPR junctions.
While the planners state that the preferred option will be to avoid developments being located near junctions and that developments ‘should only come through the full and open development plan process’, recent experience with the AFC Kingsford proposal provides little reassurance to communities.
We accept that development is required to provide growth, but without the investment in infrastructure our community will struggle to cope with the wild ambitions of greedy developers hell bent on destroying the Green Belt.
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