Home plans backed by open space

Proposals for Chapelton in Aberdeenshire include a 4ha central park accessible to 4,000 homes.

More than 200ha of open space including an urban park around a 4,000-home new town has gone before planners.

The 4ha central park is in Chapelton, Aberdeenshire, and will be within 10 minutes' walk of nearly every home in the first phase of the project.

Outline and full planning applications went before Aberdeenshire Council last week for a proposed 62ha country park, 33ha of woods and 20ha of playing fields.

"Many of the open spaces build from existing features such as woodlands," said a representative for Elsick Development Company, which wants to build the £1bn development on 800ha of farmland.

"Other new parks are designed with an urban feel appropriate to the town's neighbourhood structure.

"The mix of naturalistic and designed open spaces will be accessible to the whole community. The major town park is centrally located, within 1,500m of every home."

He said the vision was based on the principles of sustainable new urbanism, the best-known example of which was the Prince of Wales's town at Poundbury.

US-based urban designer DPZ and local architects are developing a "north-east Scotland vernacular style". WYG Group and landscape architect Janet Benton are looking at landscape.

Neighbourhood parks of 1.4ha will lie within 1,000m of every house and play areas for children will be five minutes' walk from their houses.

There will be 7ha of allotments and 51ha of farmland and open countryside.

The project, on land owned by the Duke of Fife, is managed by his son David Southesk, who expects planning decisions next March.


200ha - The amount of open space planned for the new town - Chapelton in Aberdeenshire

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