A master plan for the proposed Gateway Kintore
development in Kintore has been handed over to Aberdeenshire Council planners in a bid to get the proposal considered by councillors.
Despite representations from Kintore and District Community Council
and others, the Gateway Kintore development was not included in the current Local Development Plan. A petition calling on the council to put the plan to councillors has attracted more than 1,000 signatures.
The master plan for the 31-acre site, prepared by architects Halliday Fraser Munro
, incorporates a supermarket, filling station, 100-bedroom hotel, restaurants, nursery, community facilities, play barn and business premises.
The Gateway Kintore master plan also incorporates an upgrade of the Broomhill roundabout on the A96, retaining direct access to Kintore for traffic heading north on the A96 from Aberdeen. Alternative plans from the roads authority propose diverting traffic across a new link road to join the B944 Kemnay road.
Kintore and District Community Council has backed the Gateway Kintore proposal from the outset, stating that the proposed facilities are desperately needed in a town with a population of almost 4,500. They point out that Kintore has had more than 1,000 new homes added since 2000 and there are proposals for up to 1,200 more.
Kevin Watt, chairman of Kintore and District Community Council, welcomed the submission of the master plan:
“Kintore and District Community Council has supported the Gateway Kintore proposal from the outset, because we see it providing the kind of facilities that a rapidly-expanding town like Kintore desperately needs.
“The strength of public feeling over the lack of facilities in Kintore is amply illustrated by the 1,000 names and the hundreds of supportive comments on the Gateway Kintore petition.
“Having inexplicably failed to get the Gateway Kintore development added to the local plan, I hope that this master plan will now provide the opportunity to get this plan in front of councillors for an early decision.
“Apart from the facilities on the Gateway Kintore site there is also strong support for the plan to upgrade the Broomhill roundabout. The roads authority’s proposal to divert traffic away from Kintore, on a new link road joining the B944, is clearly not welcome.”
Support for the Gateway Kintore proposal has come from other communities in the area, including Blackburn, Fintray, Kinellar, Kemnay, Thainstone, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie and Garioch communities.
Inverurie Business Association has also come out in support of Gateway Kintore, saying that it would help to absorb some of the financial outflow from the catchment area, while easing traffic congestion in Inverurie. They also see it reducing costs for families in Kintore and Kemnay and creating employment.