Councillor in support of new homes plan

Councillor Charles Buchan has voiced his support of a housing development plan which could see 600 homes built in Fraserburgh.

Councillor Buchan was speaking to us at a public exhibition event on Wednesday, June 18, at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. Planning consultants Knight Frank and architectural firm Baxter Design were exhibiting a blueprint for landowner Kirkton Developments.

Councillor Charles Buchan.

Councillor Charles Buchan.

The plan is set to create 600 homes alongside a new primarys chool, health centre, employment land, and other community facilities. Should it be approved, the development will be built South of Boothby Road and West of the A90 Fraserburgh to Peterhead road.

Ahead of the event, Gary Purves, senior planner with Knight Frank, said: “We believe it is vital for the public to be involved in this exciting development and welcome everyone along to view the plans. We have worked hard on a design that will suit the needs of this growing community and responses have been extremely positive so far.

“As the development will contain a mix of property including residential, commercial and community, it will enable people to live and work in the area and encourage inward investment.

“We are confident this will sit well with the public and meet expectations.”

“Housing is very much needed,” Councillor Buchan told us at the event.

“The first phase is 120 houses. There’s a possibility, although that’s away in the future, of up to 600.

“There will be mixed types of properties, from affordable housing right up to five bed units. It’ll be very, very well landscaped to high quality, and the plans, at this stage anyway, comprise of [a] health centre and school.

“I think it will have a big effect on Fraserburgh, which I welcome.”

The development is part of the decade-long Fraserburgh Masterplan project launched to give the area a boost in terms of attracting residents and visitors, eventually aiming to increase the current population of around 12,000 by 10 per cent.