First phase of regeneration is completed

ABERDEENSHIRE PROVOST BILL HOWATSON (CENTRE) WITH LANGSTANE HOUSING CEO ALAN GRANT (R) AND ABERDEEN HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CEO COLIN HAWKINS (L) ADMIRE THE NEW COASTAL WALK AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT FRASERBURGH'S WEST SHORE. (BUCHAN/BROWN)
ABERDEENSHIRE PROVOST BILL HOWATSON (CENTRE) WITH LANGSTANE HOUSING CEO ALAN GRANT (R) AND ABERDEEN HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CEO COLIN HAWKINS (L) ADMIRE THE NEW COASTAL WALK AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AT FRASERBURGH'S WEST SHORE. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

A multi million pound regeneration scheme completed its first phases in Fraserburgh on Monday.

The Fraserburgh Masterplan aimed to bring new life into the Buchan port when it was launched seven years ago.

In the north of the town, which was the first to see improvement, there were 100 granite-built homes on Marconi Road which had a very poor reputation demolished with a new housing estate built rebranded Westshore Gardens.

Aberdeen-based Langstane Housing Association also built 50 affordable homes at the former Macfisheries processing factory.

The Fraserburgh north scheme was led by a partnership of Aberdeenshire council, Scottish Enterprise Grampian and the Scottish Government.

The organisations all returned to the Broch on Monday to bring to an end the first phase. The event, which took place at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, recognised those contributions which have made it the largest urban regeneration project in North East Scotland.

Phase I has featured award-winning housing developments at Westshore Gardens and Denmark Street as well as environmental improvements such as a coastal path linking both sites and slope stabilisation to protect and landscape the shore.

The planned tour of the coastal path had to be cancelled due to the bad weather but there was, however, an exhibition from pupils at Fraserburgh Academy called ‘1001 views of Kinnaird Head’.

The weather did not deter Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson from hosting the event.

He said: “What has stood out most about this project for many people, has been the collaboration, the partnership and the commitment of the many individuals and organisations involved and who have carried it through to where the project stands today.”

Westshore Gardens is the first new estate built in Fraserburgh under the New Supply Shared Equity Scheme.

The Scottish Government’s scheme is part of a plan to help first time buyers get into the property market.

Buyers can get an equity share of between 51% and 70% of their new home. The rest of the share will be held by Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership in which no rent is paid.

Residents at the surviving end of Marconi Road have said that since the old houses were demolished they have seen a decrease in levels of vandalism and graffiti.

The second phase of the Masterplan is likely to focus on creating private sector developments in the town centre and surrounding area.