Concerns have been raised that a 300-home development on the site of a former Aberdeen hospital could impact on a nearby school and already busy roads.
The proposals for the former Royal Cornhill Hospital have been recommended for approval by Aberdeen City Council’s planning development management committee, which meets next Thursday.
Stewart Milne Homes, Barratt East Scotland and NHS Grampian have submitted the bid for 323 homes at the site, between Berryden Road and May Baird Avenue.
It will feature 89 houses, 198 newly-constructed flats in blocks of three, four and five floors in height and 36 converted flats.
Several existing buildings on the site would be demolished if the plans were approved, however five would be saved and put to new use.
The proposals have attracted several objections, with opponents concerned about the knock-on effect on the capacity of the nearest zoned primary school, Skene Square.
The planning documents also state that the development would have a “significant impact” on the Berryden Road-Hutcheon Street junction.
Councillor for the area, Bill Cormie, said: “I am more pleased with this application than the previous one – regarding the amount of granite being saved and open space.
“However, there are 323 new units now and there would be a concerning amount of children coming out of that, a lot of them to Skene Square School.
“We have just had a severe roof leak at the school and dry rot on floors two and three, and a considerable amount of money will have to be spent on it.”
Willie Jaffrey, chairman of the Rosemount and Mile End Community Council, said the development would bring “new life to the area”.
However he added that the council and developers would have to find a way for Skene Square School to cope.
He said: “We don’t know where the school children are going to go. This is all way, way in the future and it’s up to the council and developer whether they will build a new school.”
He added that a new dual carriageway, suggested as part of the council’s Berryden Corridor plans, could help to alleviate traffic.