Proposals for a 700-home development on the outskirts of Aberdeen have moved a major step forward.
In 2014, Cala Homes lodged plans to create hundreds of new homes as well as commercial space and a neighbourhood centre on the Craibstone Estate.
Planning permission in principle has now been granted, along with a masterplan that lays out the developer’s vision of the site, including retaining existing woodland and open spaces. The estate’s walled garden and “formal” green spaces will be preserved and existing buildings around the former farm will be kept for use by the new residents.
Last night Fraser Carr, Cala Home’s sales and marketing director, said: “We are very pleased to be moving forward with our proposals for Craibstone and look forward to further shaping our plans to create a fantastic new community which is sympathetic to and in keeping with the surroundings and stature of the area.”
He added the firm have been “very careful” to ensure their plans “reflect the natural surroundings” of the estate.
The developers have said they hope the site’s proximity to the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will attract buyers.
The land is also adjacent to the Scottish Rural College’s Craibstone campus.
Last night Dr Kyrsten Black, dean of SRUC’s Aberdeen campus, said: “SRUC is supportive of Cala’s continuing development of the Craibstone Estate, however it remains the home of our
Aberdeen campus where we offer many land-based courses such as agriculture and vet nursing, not to mention the services of our local consultants, vets and researchers, who continue to be based there.
“We are committed to retaining a presence in the region and we are currently focused on recruiting students to study at this vibrant campus for the next academic year.”
It is understood Cala Homes will submit a detailed planning application for the first phase of the scheme within months.