Elsick application expected within weeks

A FORMAL planning application for a new town at Cahepton of Elsick is expected to be submitted within the next few weeks.

Developers Elsick Development Co have confirmed that an outline application for the £1 billion project is due to be submitted to Aberdeenshire Council soon.

Proposals for the first stage of the development will be lodged at the same time, and would concentrate on the first 800 homes out of an eventual 4,000.

Three public exhibitions were held recently at Cookney Hall, and despite a lower turnout than previous events on the new town, organisers said they were happy with the outcome and felt ready to move the project forward on to the next step.

The masterplan is being developed by renowned planner and architect Andres Duany.

A secondary school, three primary schools, a health centre and business facilities are all included in the plans. The developers have said that they hope to create a walkable, mixed-use town with 40% green space, a town centre and strong transport links.