A developer has unveiled a masterplan for a major housing project in Fraserburgh.
The plan was put on public display at an open day held by Claymore Homes at the Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum recently.
Claymore Homes hopes to start work on the development of 590 homes in the new year, with the first phase of the project consisting of 130 homes. The plans also include community facilities and a business park.
Commenting, Steven Rollo, who is Manager Director of Claymore Homes, said: “We are going to be applying for planning permission in the coming weeks. We are hoping to start on the building work in the new year, perhaps in the spring.
“Because of new council rules, major developments must be accompanied by a masterplan. We are the first developer so we have taken on the masterplan process.
“We have been in consultation for about two years and we have been negotiating with the council.”
Mr Rollo added: “Part of the plan includes a community pavillion, two pitches and a new park.”
Commenting, Councillor Charles Buchan said: “I think it’s a great development. The plans include affordable housing which is really good. The development will bring a lot of jobs in the construction phase.
“I’ve also asked for a school crossing to be included across the by-pass. The construction of 600 homes means a lot of children will be crossing. Councillor Topping and I have been pushing for a crossing to be put in place.”
Councillor Michael Watt commented: “If there is demand for expansion and development in the town, that is a positive sign for the future.
“This is going to be a long-term project. I think Fraserburgh would appreciate any construction like this to attract people into the area.”
The unveiling of the Westside Masterplan comes just three months after planning permission was granted for the construction of a new supermarket and petrol filling station at Watermill Road. The supermarket will include a customer restaurant and over 250 parking spaces, and will compete with the town’s two existing supermarkets, Tesco and the Co-operative.
A futher 600 homes are also expected to be built, in two phases, to the south of Fraserburgh. The project will include four hectares of employment land as well as space for a new primary school and recreational facilities. Land for a health centre will be required in the second phase of the development.