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Introduction and Procedure Note pdf icon PDF 78 KB


The Forum had before it the procedure note and guidance for members on the operation of Forum meetings.


The Forum resolved:-

to note the procedure note and guidance for members.



Minute of Previous Meeting of 16 March 2017 - for approval pdf icon PDF 92 KB


The Forum had before it the minute of its previous meeting of 16 March 2017 for approval.  The Convener advised that the four returning members who had been in attendance at that meeting were required to approve the minute, given the changes to the Committee membership following the local government election.


The Forum resolved:-

to approve the minute as a correct record from returning Councillors Donnelly, the Depute Provost and Councillors Greig, Hutchison and Sandy Stuart.



Proposed Mixed Use Development of 60 Dwellinghouses & 1225sqm of Class 1 (Shops) and Class 4 (Business) at OP114 Land At Miltimber South, North Deeside Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen - 170620 pdf icon PDF 844 KB


The Forum had before it a report by the Interim Head of Planning and Sustainable Development on a submission of a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) by Halliday Fraser Munro on behalf of their client, Bancon Homes, for a proposed mixed use development of 60 dwellinghouses and Class 1 (shops) and Class 4 (Business at OP114, land at Milltimber South, North Deeside road Milltimber.


The report advised that site extended to 11.5 hectares and was located on the southern side of North Deeside Road, within the settlement of Milltimber.  The site was bound by North Deeside Road and residential properties to the north, the Deeside Way and open space to the south, and further residential properties set in generous plots to the east and west.  An access road leading to Milltimber Farm Livery Stables runs through the site.  The report highlighted that the site was largely grassed but included some elements of planting and the site slopes from the north-south as it heads towards the Dee Valley.  In regards to Pre Application consultation, the report also advised that one public consultation event had been held with another to be scheduled in due course, and the applicant was due to meet with Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council on 28 September.


The Forum heard from Mr Andy Stewart (Halliday Fraser Munro) and Ben Freeman (Bancon Homes) in regards to the proposed application.  Mr Stewart explained that the allocated site was for 60 houses and industrial use and they had commenced their public consultation and sought feedback which could be fed into the proposed plans.  Mr Stewart explained that the design objectives included:-

  1. Continue the landscape
  2. Create new connections to the Old Deeside railway; and
  3. Proposed open space


Mr Stewart advised that they wanted to respect the current view on the site and aimed to lower the proposed housing in order to keep the view from North Deeside Road, and hoped to maintain the use of the paddocks if possible.  They hoped to promote connectivity and encourage the views over the River Dee.  The applicant also proposed clusters of housing which would comprise of six houses and aimed to use walls and hedges to create a rural look.  They also aimed to use the existing access points to the site which would be required to be upgraded.


The Forum then heard from Gavin Clark, Case Officer, who addressed the Forum and provided details regarding the planning aspects of the application and responded to questions from members.  Mr Clark explained that there were a number of relevant policies in regards to the proposed application and the most relevant being OP114: Milltimber South and LR1: Land Release Policy, which related to the principle of development on the site. He advised that the allocation also required the submission of a masterplan/ development framework, which was being prepared separately.  Mr Clark highlighted the main issues associated with the proposed application, namely:-

·         the design and layout of the proposed development;

·         other associated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.