Developers submit fresh proposals for sheltered housing complex in Aberdeen

How the proposed development might look like on South Avenue, Cults.

Fresh proposals have been submitted for a new sheltered housing complex in Aberdeen.

Developers behind the plans to create 21 retirement flats on South Avenue in Cults have also lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government after their previous application was rejected by city planners.

The previous scheme was rejected by the planning bosses in October for a number of reasons, related to its height, size and impact on the surrounding area.

McCarthy and Stone, who is behind the plans, has now submitted a revised proposal in an effort to allay the concerns of the authority.

It is expected the development, which would consist of two and a half and three-storey high blocks, would inject more than £3million into the local economy and generate 60 jobs.

The complex would be aimed at pensioners and include a residents’ lounge, a guest suite, a 24-hour help line, CCTV and parking.

A house manager would be responsible for the day-to-day running of the flats.

The developers have claimed the scheme would help to free up housing in other parts of the city and help accommodate a growing older population.

Last night, a spokeswoman for the firm said: “We were disappointed that our application to build sheltered housing in the form of retirement apartments for older people in Cults was recently refused by Aberdeen council, particularly given local support for the plans.

“So we’re appealing the decision with the Scottish Government.”

“In the meantime, we’ve taken on board the council’s feedback and submitted a new application for sheltered housing with a revised design and amended layout which addresses the concerns expressed by the council and complies with planning policy.

“We’re committed to providing retirement housing in the local area to meet the needs of the ageing population and we hope to be able to take forward a successful outcome in Cults in the near future.”

The developers confirmed their initial proposal is still their favoured option.

The city council stated they were aware of the new application.