Banchory care home plans approved after appeal

Banchory care home plans approved after appeal

Scottish ministers have approved plans to build a new 60-bed care home in Banchory after it was initially refused by Aberdeenshire councillors.

Priory CC24 Ltd had applied to the council seeking permission to construct the new two-storey home to the west of Provost Webster Road.

The site is the fifth and final phase of the Hill of Banchory masterplan that was approved back in 2017.

Members of the Marr area committee considered the plan in May this year, but rejected it due to concerns about the building’s layout, size and design, The Press and Journal reports.

Priory CC24 Ltd then submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government in an attempt to overturn the decision. Reporter Gordon Reid visited the proposed care home site last month. He did not agree with the view of the committee and said the new building would “complement” those already in the area and would not be “overbearing”.

The reporter said: “I consider that the proposal would build on the distinct sense of place and local identity sought by the approved masterplan for the area.”

Mr Reid added that the development would create a “safe and pleasant” environment for its residents. He also stated that the facility would help to meet the future needs of the town and surrounding area.

Six local residents had objected before the plan was considered by councillors. They had concerns about the scale of the building as well as road safety and the potential for the care home overlooking nearby properties.

Nevertheless, the reporter dismissed these claims and said he was “satisfied” that it would not have an adverse impact on neighbouring houses. Ultimately the reporter decided to approve the plan as he argued it would “utilise vacant land within the settlement and provide new community facilities”.

Work on the site is expected to begin within the next three years.

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