reporters have supported Aberdeenshire Council’s strategy for Laurencekirk and have made no modifications to plans for the town’s development.
Councillors at this week’s Kincardine and Mearns Area committee were presented with the reporters modifications to the plans and were pleased with the results when they discovered that very little had been changed.
Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “The report from the reporters is a vindication of what we councillors have done.”
The reporters have agreed with the local authorities position on the A90 junctions at Laurencekirk.
A report, presented to the Kincardine and Mearns Area committee this week, said: “In relation to the A90 junctions, the Reporters have agreed with the Council’s position that it would be unreasonable for developers to fund two grade separated junctions, and highlight there would be clear benefits in upgradng the northern junction to grade separated standard.”
In terms of housing, the reporters recommend that no alternative sites in Laurencekirk be identified as the two allocated sites have the capacity for over 200 houses, and so development should be concentrated in these areas.
They noted that due to infastructure issues and low historic building rates, work at Laurencekirk could take longer to complete than the periods laid out by the plan.
Councillors at the area committee agreed with the reporters recommendations.