CALA Homes submits joint plans with SRUC for Craibstone development

a254a511d263645435862d70354806d0_LA joint planning application between CALA Homes (North) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been submitted this week for a new development in Craibstone, Aberdeen.

Upmarket homebuilder CALA Homes (North) is seeking planning permission in principle for the creation of around 600 residential homes as well as a new state-of-the-art consolidated educational institution for SRUC. The plans also include details for a neighbourhood centre and new student accommodation comprising up to 100 properties.

The development – which has a proposed site start of spring 2015 – has been subject to a wide ranging and lengthy period of public consultation to ensure the needs of the local community are met as well as offering 21st century facilities and academic resources that serve the requirements of SRUC’s Craibstone campus.

The submitted Master Plan outlines the developer’s commitment to retaining existing woodland and key open space areas of the central driveway, walled garden and formal green spaces. Selected buildings are also to be retained for neighbourhood and commercial use around the former farm area, with the A96 underpass retained and used to connect the site to the proposed Dyce Park & Ride and wider airport Master Plan. The prime location has been maximised to ensure accessibility to the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), with footpaths and transport links to create a destination where people can live and work within a countryside setting.

Mike Naysmith, Managing Director of CALA Homes (North) said: “Our plans have been carefully designed to ensure we create a development that respects the natural setting of Craibstone Estate. The unique environment on the edge of the city provides the perfect backdrop for the CALA specification of new homes.

“We have worked closely with SRUC to develop a plan that meets the needs of new residents, students and staff alike. The proposed plans will not only create a sought after destination for homebuyers to live but also go some way towards reinforcing SRUCs position as a leader in innovation in the agriculture, land and rural sector.”

Janet Swadling, Acting Chief Executive of SRUC, said: “The lodging of the planning application marks a significant milestone for SRUC at Craibstone. We are committed to creating a facility that is best placed to meet the needs of the rural sector in the North East and this investment helps pave the way for an exciting future for everyone involved.”

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