Fordoun site plan

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PLANS to change a six hectare site at the former Fordoun Aerodrome for industrial and commercial use was discussed at Mearns Community Council.

Gary Purves of Knight Frank planning consultancy attended to explain the plans being put forward by the site owners, the Mitchell family.

“We are seeking planning permission for change of use from agriculture to business and insdustrial use.

“We will then Market the site with planning permission.

“It is expected that the site will be used as industrial or commercial space or perhaps have some office buildings.

“The site is semi-industrial in character at the moment. This is a pre-application consultation and we well we will be able to meet the demands from local businesses for business space.

“This is an ideal location and we hope to bring jobs to the local villages.”

Mr Purves explained that access will the taken off the Fettercairn road, via what is a rural track at the moment.

He added that there will be extensive landscaping to minimise any visual impact.

“These things are dependent on demand, but it is anticipated that it might take five to ten years until the site is developed fully.

“We know that there are businesses keen to find development land outwith Aberdeen, Portlethen and Stonehaven.”

Mr Purves said a public meeting was held in Auchenblae Hall. Twenty two people attended, 15 filled in response forms and all were in support.

“We will listen to all the comments received and we expect an application to be in by November.”

Chris Rushbridge asked about the impact of traffic joining and leaving the A90. Jim Stuart said there was a need for starter units and he asked whether any of the site might be marketed in this way.

Janette Anderson said industrial sites in Brechin and Forfar have not been filled, but Mr Purves said Fordoun might have an advantage in that it was more periferal to Aberdeen.

“We have had indications of demand and we have excellent connectivity.”