Consultation continues on new community

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LOCAL people have another chance to help shape plans for a £250 million sustainable residential and business development at the former RAF Edzell airbase.

Family-run firm Carnegie Base Services, which is behind proposals to create a new community called Newesk at the famous wartime site, is holding a second public consultation event on Monday, January 24.

Members of the project team will lead presentations and workshop sessions during the meeting, taking place in the Glenesk Hotel, High Street, Edzell, from 6.30pm.

Proposals for the 444 acre site include some 300 acres for business use to meet growing demand, with the remainder for up to 1,000 new homes to meet future housing supply needs in south Aberdeenshire.

David Carnegie said: “We had an excellent turnout and received very constructive feedback from the community at our first consultation meeting in December, and have moved to a bigger venue for our second event.

“These special sessions ensure that the community has an opportunity to assist us as we draft the masterplan for Newesk, before we move forward with a planning application.

“Newesk will help to address the serious shortfall of industrial land in both south Aberdeenshire and north Angus, as well as delivering much-needed housing to meet what is a serious housing land supply shortage in Aberdeenshire.”

The 10 to 15-year vision for the new community aims to build on the already established planning permission for 250 houses and 300 acres of business land at the site, which was granted in 2010.

Edzell Base has been established during the last 10 years as an important business location in south Aberdeenshire. The Newesk proposal has the potential to attract £250 million of investment and create more than 1,000 new jobs.

Feedback and suggestions relating to the plans can be submitted to Carnegie Base Services up to Friday, February 11, following which it is anticipated that a planning application will be lodged with local authority officials.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposals can do so at the consultation event and via email to info@newesk.co.uk <mailto:info@newesk.co.uk> if they are unable to attend.

Further information will be made available on the project website, www.newesk.co.uk <http://www.newesk.co.uk> as the plans move forward.

Around 90 people, many living locally, are already employed at the Edzell Base site by around 35 companies including Peterson SBS and Carnegie Fuels. The facility includes 263,000 square feet of office, warehouse and industrial accommodation and 67 acres of open storage.

Carnegie Base Services, part of the local, family-run business Carnegie Fuels, was established to acquire the site from the MoD following the closure of the airbase.