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Pleas for council to reject seven-storey flats that would tower over Broad Hill

The flats would be located on ground behind the Ocean Apartments
The flats would be located on ground behind the Ocean Apartments

A controversial plan for 47 new flats near Aberdeen’s Broad Hill could be refused after it attracted more than a hundred objections from residents.

Alexander Bonner applied to the city council seeking permission to build the apartments on Park Road –  just a stone’s throw away from Pittodire.

The proposal looks to build a mix of one and two-bedroom flats over five and seven storeys.

The ground is located directly behind the recently built Ocean Apartments and is currently used as a depot by light haulage firm Paterson’s.

It sits next to the Trinity Cemetery and the popular Broad Hill which offers some of the best views of the Granite City.

This visual shows the flats next to the existing Ocean Apartments and Trinity Cemetery
Floor plans of the proposed Park Road flats

Neighbours oppose to flat plan

Planning documents reveal the building would have an L-shape floor plan with 10 parking spaces for prospective residents.

But the plan has received huge backlash from surrounding neighbours.

A total of 134 people wrote to the local authority to object to the development.

They raised various concerns including road safety, overdevelopment and disturbance to existing residents.

Many also raised worries about the impact the new flats would have on wildlife at Broad Hill.

The red outline shows the proposed development site and access route. Image from Google
Concerns were raised about access to the site and the impact on Park Road

What do the objectors say?

George Duthie said it was “ridiculous that this would be crammed into this small area”.

Ben Sim added: “The proposed development will not only impact residents of the area but will impact and overshadow the Broad Hill itself, a publicly accessible viewpoint.

“There will be impact on amenity to the existing developments of Ocean Apartments and Urquhart Court.

“Those on the east and north of those developments respectively will suffer significantly from a loss of light, loss of privacy and overshadowing.

“Countless residents will be affected.”

Meanwhile Alistair Black suggested the site be transformed into a new public space instead.

He said the proposed area could be turned into a “green area” or a “green play area” for the many residents that already live there instead of creating another “residential jungle”.

He added: “Some decent green planning in this area could assist with reducing emissions in the area and make a peaceful area to relax.”

The proposed flat site is currently used for storage

Council teams voice concerns over Aberdeen beach flats near Broad Hill

The council’s roads team also said they had “serious reservations” over access to the site and said it would be an “unacceptable public safety risk”.

They said the single road would be “problematic” given the size of the development and the mix of vehicles and pedestrians expected to come and go from the site.

They also said there was a “large shortfall” in proposed car parking.

Meanwhile, its waste and recycling department objected as its collection vehicles would not be able to turn in the site safely.

Do you think the apartment plan should be refused? Share your views on the proposal in our comments section below

This visual taken from planning documents show what the flats would look like from the Beach Ballroom

Building branded ‘excessive and inappropriate’

The application will go before the local authority’s planning committee on Thursday.

Planning chiefs have recommended it be refused as they believe it would lead to overdevelopment of the site.

They said the building “has the appearance of being shoehorned into what is a constrained site”.

Officers also said the scale, height and massing of the building is “excessive and inappropriate” and would impact views from Broad Hill.

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