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Plans for 27 new homes in Sauchen recommended for approval

The site of the proposed development in Sauchen
The site of the proposed development in Sauchen

Plans to build almost 30 new homes in an Aberdeenshire village have been recommended for approval, despite objections from nearby residents concerned by potential flooding, congestion and noise nuisance.

Kirkwood Homes has submitted a planning application for the construction of 27 houses and associated infrastructure next to the Cluny Burn in the eastern part of Sauchen.

The proposals are a direct replacement for the 27 scheme put forward by Stewart Milne Homes and granted consent in June 2016.

In a report to councillors, planning officials highlight the potential for the burn, just to the east of the proposed site, to cause flooding issues in the area.

And nine objections have been made to the application by local residents, arguing it could also lead to a significant increase in traffic in the small village, amongst other infrastructure worries.

One letter of objection reads: “The majority of Cluny Meadows already has multiple restrictions to vehicular access and safe passage to pedestrians and cyclists due to its poor and narrow design, and would suffer immensely from a significant increase in vehicular traffic volumes of small and large cars, and lorries, on a daily basis.”

Officers have, however, recommended the plans be given the go-ahead by councillors at next week’s Garioch area committee, subject to conditions.

They have concluded the proposal is within the scope of the local development plan and, if approved, would provide useful new housing for the area.

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