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Planning Application Number 181050
The Committee conducted a site visit prior to the Hearing. The Committee was addressed by Mr Matthew Easton, Senior Planner, who summarised the proposal for the overall site.
The Convener explained that the Committee would return to the Town House to commence the Hearing.
With reference to article 2 of the meeting of the Planning Development Management Committee of 16 August 2018, the Committee had before it a report by the Chief Officer – Strategic, Place, Planning, which (1) advised that the Council’s adopted guidelines required that where a planning application had been the subject of more than 20 objections and was a development in which the Council has a financial interest, a report to Committee was triggered to seek a decision on whether or not a public hearing should be held; (2) indicated that the Committee resolved to hold a discretionary public hearing in respect of the application for 302 flats at Wellheads Road in Dyce, Aberdeen; and (3) provided background information on the proposal for the purposes of the hearing and explained that at this stage no assessment of the merits or failings of the proposal was made in the report.
The Committee heard from the Convener who opened up the hearing by welcoming those present and providing information on the running order of the hearing. She explained that the first person to address the hearing would be Mr Matthew Easton and asked that speakers adhere to their allocated time in order for the hearing to run smoothly and in a timely manner.
The Committee then heard from Matthew Easton, Senior Planner, Strategic Place Planning who addressed the Committee in the following terms:-
Mr Easton explained that the application related to a site within Stoneywood Industrial Estate which can be divided into four elements – a cleared brownfield site, a car park, an area of landscaping and Wellheads Road which was a private non-adopted road but available for public use. He indicated that the cleared site was formerly home to a multi-storey car park and BP’s Excel Leisure Club. The car park beside Stoneywood Road has around 60 spaces and was leased by the Council to BP and was currently in use. To the north was a mix of commercial and residential uses, to the east are industrial units, to the south was the car park associated with the BP headquarters building and to the west was Stoneywood Road and the Aberdeen to Inverness railway.
Mr Easton outlined the proposal advising that detailed planning permission was sought for the erection of 302 residential flats, across five blocks. The buildings would be either four of five storeys in height, positioned on a north/south orientation, with each block containing between 52 and 69 flats. These would be a mixture of flat sizes with the majority being one or two bedrooms and a smaller number of three and four bedrooms. Hard and soft landscaping would be provided between the blocks, with a grassed open play area and two equipped play areas ... view the full minutes text for item 2.