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Protect the beautiful landscape of the Lower Don Valley, Aberdeenshire

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Petition to Aberdeenshire Council
The Don valley between Dyce and Inverurie is a picturesque area with our iconic Bennachie in the background and is highly visible from many vantage points around the area. Please view the pictures from all around the valley on our website. The link to the website is: https://lowerdonvalley.wordpress.com/
Many flights bringing visitors to our area fly across it every day and see the varied and colourful countryside, many people who commute to Dyce and elsewhere use the back road to Dyce and on the return journey look over the vista of the whole valley towards Bennachie.
This beautiful landscape is at risk due to a proposal to change 50+ acres of farmland to commercial use on a very prominent hillside which is visible for many miles around, this equates to about 32 football pitches which is a considerable amount of land. When looking across the valley the land in question lies directly below the top of Bennachie.
The land in question was previously included in the Local Development plan, this was consequently approved despite hundreds of objections from local, national and international individuals. As stated at the Garioch area committee meeting there were more objections to this site than to any other and to quote the Planning Policy Team Leader there were “postbags of objections” but all were ignored.
Many people and developers in the Garioch area have not had applications approved to build a home(s) because of issues with landscape, one such application recently in Kemnay was not approved for the reason that it would impact the landscape. This proposal has a much more significant visual impact than the one in Kemnay.
We believe that in no other area of the country would a proposal such as this which has a huge visual impact on the landscape be allowed.
However there is still an opportunity for those who value our countryside to make our voices heard by signing our petition. The main considerations are listed below

It will destroy the landscape and be visible for miles around. The loss of amenity for the many members of the public that use the area for walking including visitors to the nearby Thainstone House Hotel.
There is already an abundance of commercial units available in the Gordon area mainly due to the downturn in the local economy and there are several commercial estates in progress so we see no legitimate need in the foreseeable future for this amount of land to be lost. To emphasise this in the newspapers every week several businesses are going into administration/liquidation.
The current road infrastructure is not capable of having added traffic, several council documents indicate that no further development should take place without the upgrading of the A96. The road on the existing development has still not been adopted by the council after 4 or 5 years with the consequence that people going to sites there in the colder weather are unable to access because of the lack of gritting.
The land was bought for lairage for animals and at times all fields including the fields to the west of the site have been full. The welfare of the animals will be impacted by droving them for longer distances and dangerous in that they have to cross a fairly busy road. In addition they frequently use these fields to spray the animal slurry generated at the Mart.

A large portion of land in this proposal includes Strategic Reserve land which is not designated for any development until 2027-2035 but this proposal includes the reserve land allegedly to keep the cost of the infrastructure down BUT there is already an enquiry in the Planning system to build an abattoir on this strategic reserve land.
The planning application for change of use for commercial development should not be approved and further sites E3 and SR2 should be removed from the Local Development Plan.

Please support our bid to prevent this landscape becoming blighted and lost forever by signing our online petition against the change of use of the land.



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