Ten houses proposed for Rathen

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The proposal to build ten new homes in the village of Rathen near Fraserburgh will go before the Banff and Buchan Area Committee next week.

Colaren Homes put forward the application to build the houses on land at Roseacre at the northern-end of the village.

Six houses have already been approved by the council provided that construction commences in 2017 but the land is allocated for 10 houses in the council’s Local Development Plan.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee have recommended the Area Committee grant planning permission be delegated to the Head of Planning and Building Standards.

The application itself has received ten objections from the public with soakways becoming the focus of many of the objectors.

Tena Ross, of Lake View, Rathen, wrote: “This area needs to be looked into again as who would want to live in a house above a soakway.

If Aberdeenshire Council allows to build houses on top of soakaways it will be their fault if everything falls apart.”

Carla Allan, of Roseacre, rathen, wrote: “Every septic soak away is in that field. There is massive flooding in the field.”

SEPA itself had initially objected to the application but following a review no longer object.

Other concerns raised by objectors include the impact the new houses will have on the view of the town and also the burden it will place on the local school.

The Education and Children’s Service support the application though they state that Rathen school is “nearing capacity” - but it has working capacity to deal with additional pupils and that pupil numbers are also forecast to decline.