A petition calling on Aberdeenshire Council to bring forward a proposed development at Kintore has now topped 600 signatories. The petition urges the council to allow the Gateway Kintore development proposal to go to council for a decision.
Indicative plans for Gateway Kintore have been produced by Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro. On a 33-acre site, adjacent to Kintore’s Broomhill Roundabout on the A96, they envisage a supermarket, filling station, 100-bedroom hotel, restaurants, nursery, play barn, business accommodation, sports pavilion and sports fields.
The plans also include an upgrading of the Broomhill roundabout to retain direct access to Kintore for traffic heading north on the A96 from Aberdeen.
Under current proposals from the authorities, northbound traffic from the A96 would be diverted on a new link road to join the B994, from where it would have to enter Kintore by Gauchill or Midmill. Traffic consultants have estimated that the authority’s proposed re-routing would add more than a million kilometres to total vehicle mileage each year.
The idea for the petition came from Kintore and District Community Council, which was frustrated that the Gateway Kintore proposal was not included in its local development plan “despite numerous representations made during the consultation period that it should be”.
In his report to Kintore and District Community Council, chairman Kenny Thomson says:
“For many residents (myself included), it appears that Council policy is to ensure Kintore remains the poor neighbour of lnverurie, in terms of new community facilities.
“An example of this is the plan to have yet another supermarket built in Inverurie, with no similar provision in Kintore, despite that fact that 950 houses have been built in each of the communities of Kintore and Inverurie since 2000.
“This level of housebuilding has definitely not been matched by the provision of community facilities within Kintore.”
With a further 1,000 to 1,200 houses currently being proposed for Kintore, community leaders believe the need for these facilities is pressing.
With a location close to the A96, the comments on the petition makes it clear that Gateway Kintore would also be welcomed by those in neighbouring communities, including Blackburn, Kemnay, Fintray and also Inverurie.
Further information on Gateway Kintore is at http://www.gatewaykintore.co.uk with the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/bring-forward-gateway-kintore-facilities-needed-now.html