Progress at Chapelton as first phase of houses on sale

The town will have 40% green space.
The town will have 40% green space.

More than half of the first phase of houses that went on sale last week for new town Chapelton have already been reserved by prospective homeowners.

11 flats and 26 houses will be among the first phase of homes, construction on which began earlier this year. Commercial properties and a nursery will also be included in the first phase. The town will eventually have 8,000 homes, at a cost of £2bn, and those involved have said there will be an emphasis on sustainable living.

The latest meeting of the Chapelton Liaison Committee convened last week to discuss progress with the infrastructure for the new town among other things. The group was set up last year to ensure continual dialogues between the developer, local residents, local and community councillors and council officials.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison, who attended the meeting, said that NHS Grampian were “optimistic” about providing healthcare, after concerns were raised several months ago about provision of a suitable health facility, and the strain it would put on existing facilities in Newtonhill.

Cllr Mollison said: “NHS Grampian is confident of bridging the gap with help from the Portlethen Medical Centre which can “increase its capacity.” There is a recognition from Scottish Government down that there is a need. NHS Grampian’s spokesman said they are committed to providing medical services in the new town.”

The Chapelton primary school is estimated to open in August 2017, with pupils attending Newtonhill Primary in the meantime, and secondary pupils will attend Portlethen Academy.