Second round of consultations launched for new council houses in Aberdeen
A second round of consultations is being held for two proposed sites for new council houses in Aberdeen which are both in an area already zoned for housing near Newhills, Northfield, and Kingswells.
The Greenferns and Greenferns Landward developments are both on land already owned by Aberdeen City Council and both would have council houses built as phase one of the development of the sites – about 350 at Greenferns and about 160 at Greenferns Landward.
Subsequent housing on both sites would be built by private housing developers including a portion of affordable housing.
At Greenferns, the site would be about 73.6ha (182 acres), and approximately 1,650 homes are proposed. It would also include a neighbourhood centre comprising local retail and commercial space, leisure and community uses, and associated infrastructure, including new and upgraded access roads, landscaping, open space and engineering works. A detailed masterplan is also being prepared for phase one of the development.
A range of open space types would be provided including areas suitable for recreation which also provide opportunities for biodiversity enhancement, the management of surface water run-off and the mitigation of flood risk.
For Greenferns Landward which is about 69.6hectares, it would be residential-led development of approximately 1,570 homes, a new primary school, local neighbourhood retail and commercial space, leisure and community uses, a gypsy traveller site, landscaping, and open space. It is envisaged that the new primary school would include facilities available to the wider community the siting and the layout of the proposed new primary school is still being designed. There is also scope for new bespoke community spaces to be provided in the development to form a neighbourhood centre.
For both developments, views were sought on the type and location of amenities and types of open spaces people would like to see in the development. The design team have been considering the public feedback received to the initial consultation and the comments and feedback has fed into the design development process for the site. Updated proposals will be displayed and available for further feedback in the in-person public consultation events.
For Greenferns, the second public consultation is taking place on Tuesday 30 August 2022 in the form of a drop-in exhibition at the Middlefield Community Project (The Hub), Manor Avenue, AB16 7UR, from 3pm to 7pm.
For Greenferns Landward, a public drop-in exhibition on Thursday 1 September 2022 at the Middlefield Community Project (The Hub), Manor Avenue, AB16 7UR, from 3pm to 7pm.
For both events, updated plans will be available to view and members of the design team will be available to answer any questions.
At this stage, comments are made to the appointed design team to inform the planning application. There will be an opportunity to submit representations to Aberdeen City Council (as planning authority), upon submission of a future planning application.