Community urged to attend local plan consultation

Kintore and District Community Council is urging members of the local communities to take part in a consultation for the Local Development Plan on Wednesday (November 6) at 7.00pm in Kintore School.

Brian Johnstone, the chairman of the community council, explained that Aberdeenshire Council had brought the meeting forward from November 26, leaving little time to encourage people to attend.

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“This is an opportunity for the local community to get our message across, loud and clear, to Aberdeenshire Council. There is growing anger and frustration in the community that – although we have seen 1,000 new homes built in Kintore since 2000 and a further 1,200 to 1,500 are planned for the future – facilities in the town have failed to keep pace.

“In particular, people in Kintore want to see the sorts of facilities that other towns of 4,500 people take for granted – like a supermarket, filling station, plus better community and recreation facilities.

“What is particularly frustrating is that it is now 250 days since we handed over a petition, with more than a thousand names, calling on Aberdeenshire Council to support the Gateway Kintore plan.

“People cannot understand why, eight months on, there appears to have been no progress in taking forward a development that meets so many of the community’s demands for proper facilities in Kintore.

“We want people from the community to come along on Wednesday, to take part in the discussions and ask the Aberdeenshire Council representatives why, despite the huge public support, this proposed development is still not being supported by Aberdeenshire Council Planning Officers in this Main Issues Report..”

The Gateway Kintore petition – handed over to local councillors Nan Cullinane, Martin Ford and Fergus Hood – included the names of more than a thousand people calling on Aberdeenshire Council to bring the Gateway Kintore development forward for an early decision.

Support for the Gateway Kintore proposal has come from other communities in the area, including Blackburn, Fintray, Kinellar, Kemnay, Thainstone, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie and Garioch communities.

Inverurie Business Association has also come out in support of Gateway Kintore, saying that it would help to absorb some of the financial outflow from the catchment area, while easing traffic congestion in Inverurie. They also see it reducing costs for families in Kintore and Kemnay and creating employment.

A master plan for the 31-acre Gateway Kintore site, adjoining the Broomhill Roundabout on the A96, was drawn up by architects Halliday Fraser Munro and submitted to Aberdeenshire Council planners in January. The plans include a supermarket, filling station, 100-bedroom hotel, restaurants, nursery, community facilities, play barn and business premises.

The master plan also incorporates an upgrade of the Broomhill roundabout – something that will be required for all future developments in Kintore.

Following Wednesday’s meeting Kintore and District Community Council say it will be important for people to take the time to respond to the Aberdeenshire Council consultation on the new Local Development Plan. Official responses are due by January 31, 2014 and more information is available at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/MainIssuesReport.asp.
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