Kincardine & Mearns round-up 05/06/12
5th June 2012
Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee round up
June 5th, 2012
At the first meeting of the area committee since the Local Government Election, the first item of business was the appointment of the committee chair and vice chair.
Councillor Carl Nelson (North Kincardine) was appointed chair while councillor Peter Bellarby (Stonehaven and Lower Deeside) was appointed as vice chair.
The meeting went on to discuss and decide on a range of reports, including local planning applications.
Money from the Kincardine & Mearns Top Up Budget was granted to Befriend a Child; Lairhillock School; Stonehaven Half Marathon and Luthermuir Village Improvement Group.
To see the full meeting agenda, view all related reports and the minute from the meeting (to follow), please see here: http://bit.ly/L7Vfe2
Kincardine and Mearns Area Partnership Funding
The committee agreed to the allocation of £5,000 to each of the three partnerships in Kincardine and Mearns and also allocating £12,000 for an area development worker.
It is thought that the worker would be employed by the area partnerships for around 18 hours a week.
Councillors agreed to review the development worker post in six months.
Gourdon Proposed Conservation Area
Councillors decided that Gourdon should not be designated as a Conservation Area, in accordance with the recommendation from environmental planners.
Elected members did agree that Historic Scotland should be asked to include important historic buildings and structures in Gourdon onto their list of architectural interest. That list will be used as planning advice to inform future development and environmental improvements in Gourdon.
The community has identified the Leading Light and a barometer erected in memory of the Laird’s son as being of importance in Gourdon. It was also identified that Gourdon Harbour is not a listed structure.
Gourdon had been proposed as a potential Conservation Area in 2006. There was a disappointing response to public consultation in 2011, with a mixed response from residents.
Following the decision on Gourdon, councillors Graeme Clark and Peter Bellarby made a renewed call for the Kirkton of Fetteresso to be assessed for suitability for Conservation Area designation.
Chapelton of Elsick Development Framework and Overall Masterplan and Phase One Masterplan
Councillors agreed a development framework and overall masterplan for Chapelton of Elsick. They also agreed to use Elsick Phase 1 masterplan as the context for subsequent planning applications.
Members received a verbal presentation from Chris Paterson, an agent from Elsick Development Company.
They were given an overview of the 2,000-acre site, which would see around 4,000 houses, a quarter of which will be affordable housing. An area of 11.5-hectares of land has been allocated for mixed use employment. The settlement is expected to have a population of around 10,000 people and create around 8,000 jobs.
Councillors heard that only half of the area is needed to make up the settlement currently planned. Beyond 2023, the developer will gauge whether there is potential for more neighbourhoods. Mr Paterson estimated three or four extra neighbourhoods, accommodating around 4,000 dwellings.
The developer expects there to be access to the settlement from two grade-separated junctions. The first would be an upgrade at Newtonhill, and the second would be at Bourtreebush near Portlethen.
After 2023, and assuming there is further development at Chapelton of Elsick, there is the potential to connect onto the AWPR Fastlink.
There is currently a planning application pending for permission in principle for the full allocation, and also a detailed application for phase 1A.
The developer hopes to start building on the site by spring 2013 and have the first dwellings occupied by spring 2014.
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