Proposals to create retirement homes, residential houses and a sports centre between two Aberdeen communities went on display to the public yesterday.
Residents got their say on the plans for the 24-acre site, south of North Deeside Road and north of Inchgarth Road, during the consultation at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
Developers Charles Ferrari and David Suttie, of the Cults Property Development Company, were on hand to guide local residents through the proposals and listen to their concerns and wishes for the development.
The scheme also includes a new road for the area, which will wind its way through the centre of the development and over the railway line, connecting North Deeside Road to Inchgarth Road.
And Mr Ferrari and Mr Suttie say the new road will come at no cost to the taxpayer – if their plans are approved.
The developers said they were pleased with the high turnout at the event, and that the response was “overwhelmingly positive.”
Mr Ferrari said: “Having resided in and completed other developments in the area I have first-hand experience, over 20 years, of the difficulties with the current road system.
“The proposed relief road would be a major benefit to those using Pitfodels Station Road and Westerton Road, and provide improved access from North Deeside Road to Inchgarth Road and beyond.”
However, one resident, who lives on Inchgarth Road, said she fears the new road would increase traffic flow outside their house.
She said: “I worry that if this new road is approved, the traffic that would usually be on the other roads would be funnelled onto Inchgarth.
“There are about nine houses that are situated directly on Inchgarth, and most of us are in our 70s, so it would be very dangerous because people already use it like a race track.”
The plans include 42 retirement homes, nine detached houses and a sports centre, which the developers hope will be used by the nearby Robert Gordon University and its students.
Following the consultation, Mr Ferrari said a full planning application will be submitted to Aberdeen City Council by December, if work on the proposals continue on schedule.
Mr Ferrari added: “Aberdeen is facing a challenging time, but this demonstrates a willingness to invest in the city and its future.”