A number of questions were posed during and after the charrette and these we have answered below; If you have a question regarding the Chapelton development please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply personally and put the issue onto the website as well.
The exact nature of the types of affordable housing is yet to be agreed with Aberdeenshire Council. However, provision will begin after the 250th house and Chapelton will have 13% affordable housing over the whole scheme. Housing associations are likely to manage some of these homes and will work in partnership with housebuilders to deliver them.
We endeavour to ensure that the construction process causes as little inconvenience to existing and new residents as possible. A dedicated road has been built to accommodate construction traffic to the south of the site; this allows direct access from the A90 Newtonhill junction to the east of the site and has been organised to avoid disruption to residents once they are in their homes.
We have established a local community liaison group so that our plans can be monitored and adjusted in response to particular issues or concerns. If you have any further questions on this please contact email@example.com or contact a local community councillor or community representative.
We believe that there are no insurmountable infrastructure constraints that would prevent the delivery of up to 400 houses per annum. However, the rate at which they will be built will depend upon how quickly people wish to buy them. The market will fluctuate over time and the pace of development will reflect this.
While there is a large range of different types of property over time, not all will be available at any one moment. Bungalows are not a feature of the first stage of the development due to the design of the town which aims to flow in from the countryside to the semi-countryside, the suburban and then urban, with the result that it tends to be the larger properties available at the moment as the construction is starting from the edge. That said, it is the intention to try and offer a range of house-types at each stage and there will be bungalows, houses with ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms as well as ground floor flats, all suitable for those wishing to live on the ground floor.
As part of the s75 Agreement with the Council, which lays down certain requirements for the development, EDC is required, prior to occupation of the 1745th house, to provide, at its sole discretion, either a Gypsy/Traveller Site within the Development Site; or a Gypsy/Traveller Site outwith the Development Site; or £100,000. EDC’s view is that the last option is the most preferable and will enable the Council to develop a site at a suitable location elsewhere.
The first homes are available now. Click on the housebuilders’ icons on the homepage to find out more.
Construction of the first phase of homes is well underway and homeowners will start moving in in early 2015.
We are developing an integrated public transport operation for residents. A Park and Choose facility will provide early residents of Chapelton, as well as those living in neighbouring communities, with regular sustainable transport by bus to Aberdeen and Stonehaven. At the 50th house, a shuttle bus will connect residents to the Park and Choose and Portlethen. It is expected that as the town develops this will be replaced by a local bus service run by a commercial operator.
Chapelton does not require a connection to the Fastlink. However, EDC believes that providing direct access to the Fastlink for the wider area could help alleviate existing pressure on the A90 at the Bridge of Dee by providing immediate access to a wider range of destinations.
The early phases of the development are served by the Newtonhill Interchange that has now been upgraded. Right-hand turns into Portlethen at Bruntland Road will be prevented through the closure of the central reservation to improve safety prior to the occupation of the 265th house. Improvements will be also be made to the Badentoy interchange to accommodate the diverted traffic. Eventually, a grade separated junction will replace the existing junction at Bourtreebush to the north of the site.
EDC and the landowners it represents are not attempting to avoid their obligations to contribute to road improvements. The law states that we should pay for improvements arising from the traffic caused by our development but not for those needed because of existing traffic or other developments. The Strategic Transport Fund levy that the Council is seeking to impose through s75 Agreements (which determine developers’ contributions) would have the latter effect. Many in the development industry have pointed out the flaws of the STF and a Reporter, acting on behalf of the Scottish Government, has since deemed the Council’s approach to be contrary to Planning Policy and thus unlawful.
In anticipation of the STF being deemed invalid, a standard clause was included in our s75 Agreement requiring its removal once that was proven. EDC is now seeking, entirely in accordance with the Agreement, confirmation from the Council that the STF contribution will be replaced with something that reflects our true liabilities in respect of road improvements.
We utterly refute the suggestion, as reported, that our Planning Permission would not have been granted on such terms. It was on exactly these terms, imposed by the Council, that the application was considered and granted.
We are committed to investing in the infrastructure required to support our community and those living around us. In terms of road improvements, these have been determined as part of an impact assessment undertaken by EDC in agreement with, and subsequently approved by, the Council.
Over and above the requirements of the s75 Agreement, EDC has invested over £1m in a new roundabout at Newtonhill and will soon be spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve the A90 at Portlethen. This summer we will be opening a Park and Choose facility served by a community bus service to provide residents with a sustainable alternative to using their car. Most importantly, we will also be providing a new junction on the A90 at a cost of over £12 million required for the next phase of Chapelton.
Large areas of green space will provide opportunities for leisure facilities. Notably, a kayaking lake, which was proposed by a community member, has been accommodated through careful design of the drainage ponds. For football and other team sports each school will have playing fields which will also be available for community use.
We have held discussions with local representatives from all denominations as to how the religious provision will emerge. An area has been designated to accommodate a community building for worship in the centre of Cairnhill and it will be built when a group comes forward. Discussions with various religious parties lead us to believe that this will be taken on by a denomination that can afford to build something appropriate but it is likely that it will be shared with other religious communities. There are further sites designed into the plan towards the centre of the town and in the other neighbourhoods.
The first residents will be able to use the Portlethen surgery as the number of Chapelton residents will not be sufficient to support its own facilities at the outset. There have been discussions with the Health Service and Portlethen Medical Practice and it is anticipated that one of the retail spaces in the centre of Cairnhill will be used as a temporary Health Centre before the main town facility is built.
A dental surgery will open Cairnhill in spring 2015.
Our first three units in Cairnhill were taken up straight away and a tearoom, dental surgery and nursery school will open in the spring of 2015.
As it develops Chapelton will provide a wide range of services in the neighbourhood centres and in the main Town Centre. These will include a major supermarket local shops, banks, hotels and restaurants, as well as civic buildings such as schools and health care facilities.
Chapelton is designed to be a mixed-use development, providing its own facilities over time. The first neighbourhood, Cairnhill, will include a small supermarket as well as other shops. The supermarket will be located on the neighbourhood high street to enable residents to shop without a car and make sure we have a vibrant high street.
The first primary school will be built in Cairnhill centre and will open when 489 houses have been built. Before then, primary children will go to Newtonhill Primary.
A further two primary schools are planned as the town grows to 4,000 homes.
An Academy will be built in Chapelton in time for the 2705th house.
All secondary children for the first 150 homes will go to Portlethen Academy, but planned zoning changes are likely to eventually mean that children in later houses will switch to Mackie Academy at Stonehaven before Chapelton’s own is established.
A number of units have been allocated to the centre of Cairnhill and it is likely that construction will reach that area in 2018. EDC are holding a list of interested parties and will be in touch with businesses who enquire. Email info@chapeltonofelsick if you are interested.
The masterplan includes a large area for all employment uses including retail, office buildings and live/work units. The retail and office units are placed primarily in the neighbourhood and town centres. However, there is also an area set-aside by the A90 for businesses that might require large buildings or many lorry movements.
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