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There is a new development application which may be of interest to those who live in the Pifodels area, just north of the North Deeside Road
Application 200831 - Land To The North Of Torbreck on Bairds Brae off North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen
Erection of 5 detached dwelling houses and alterations to form new vehicular and pedestrian access and associated landscaping works.  Site layout here
Comments due in by Wednesday 26 Aug 2020
If you wish to share any comments with the Community Council please send them to us at:

Binghill House Milltimber (ACC Planning Reference 200750)
This development application was discussed at the 23rd July Community Council meeting. After careful consideration, while noting that around 150 Milltimber residents have submitted an objection to the development, the Community Council felt the need for retirement homes in the Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber area and the benefits this would bring outweighed the local objections and submitted a letter of conditional support for the development (see link).

A planning application to develop a new retirement community at Binghill House has been submitted. The proposed development will be unique in Aberdeen by collocating independent retirement properties with a nursing home. The development is designed for over-60s looking to lead an active lifestyle where they can build discrete care and support packages to suit their needs as they age, allowing them to ‘age in place’.

This unique development will see cottages and apartments built in the extensive garden of Binghill House. The low rise, low impact design of the development respects the surrounding landscape with properties being located amongst the mature trees. Pedestrian movement will be prioritised throughout to encourage residents to spend time in the outdoors. Footpaths will link the new community to Milltimber inviting people to use the new facilities and to integrate the development into Milltimber.

A small shop and café provide a place to pick up daily essentials – bread, milk, papers etc – and a place to meet and socialise for residents and the public. Another new facility available to residents and the public are community allotments providing space to grow produce in a communal and supportive environment.

The proposal has been substantially reduced in scale as a result of the feedback received from the public consultation and design changes have been made to reflect the comments received. The proposed site plan can be seen HERE

Bancon Homes and the Seven Incorporated Trades have now applied for planning permission in principle to build “up to 99 houses” and 2000m2 of commercial or retail space on the open land South of the North Deeside Road in Milltimber. You can find all the details of the application 200535 on the Aberdeen City Council website under Planning at this LINK

It is most important that the City Council receives as wide a range of community views on this application as possible so please take a look at the proposals and make your comments as soon as possible. You can do this by letter, email or through the Council’s planning website. The closing date is 4 June so there is no time to lose!
The documents do not provide details of the types of houses proposed - those details will come in a detailed planning application. However you should note that the proposed number of houses is 99 which is greater than the 60 proposed by the Scottish Reporter.

The Community Council will of course be submitting its own comments

The earlier news which may have pleased many of our residents in Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber - especially Milltimber. The Aberdeen City Council approved the proposed Local Development Plan for the City which, once it has gone through the normal consultation and review processes, should come into effect in 2022. The proposed plan includes the decision to remove Development Opportunity Site OP114 from the plan; this site is the land proposed for the Milltimber South development south of the North Deeside Road.
Before you crack open the champagne, there are likely to be some challenges to the decision and it is only the proposed plan. There is a current Local Development Plan, issued in 2017, which includes the development site following the intervention of the Scottish Reporter. However it is a positive step towards retaining the green fields.
The public will be given the opportunity to comment on the proposed Local Development Plan in the near future.