Planning application objections

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This may be election season but Banchory residents are divided this week on issues much closer to home, a planning application.

Sandlaw Farming is proposing to build 400 homes in the area, which would include 300 private rented, 75 affordable homes, 25 assisted living units and a health centre on land at Braehead, Auchattie.

The application has been received to resistance by local residents which the Turrif based developer branded an “orchestrated NIMBY lobby” based on “self-interest.”

Nearly 500 objections were raised in relation to the site, which also included plans for a “Banchory Medical Centre” and a hub for the Deeside Way.

A statement on Sandlaw farming set up website, which encourages would be Banchory residents to register their interest in the Braehead site said the development was vital.

Part of the statement reads: “No other development planned or pencilled-in for the Marr area offers the opportunity for housing for rent on a scale that will make a material difference in meeting local housing needs.

“If this opportunity is missed, the undisputed demand for rented housing remain [sic] unfulfilled for years and years to come.”

Now a Banchory resident in favour of the Braehead plans, who wished to remain nameless in The Piper, sent us a letter which could not be printed in it’s entirety as it was four pages long.

The resident currently lives in Banchory and finds housing unaffordable.

They said: “we cannot save for a deposit and unlike all the so called “wealthy” people in Banchory, our parents cannot afford to buy us a house or hand us over the money for a deposit!

“The public objectors who attended the pre determination meeting came me across [sic] very rude and just they did not consider that there were people there who were there to support families and workers to have a better way of life, and not there to shed some tears over a few cut down trees and maybe some new bends in the roads!”

Councillors will discuss the development, at the Marr Area Committee on May 5 before it goes to a meeting of the full council in June.