Two new applications

The applications on the list below have been registered last week within the North Kincardine ward of Aberdeenshire Council and can be viewed using the online planning register (https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/).

APP/2020/1583
Site address: Land adjacent to Portlethen Railway Station, Cookston Road, Portlethen.
Applicant: Network Rail.
Full planning permission for installation of drainage works.
Public comment expiry date: 8 October.

APP/2020/1742
Site address: Bonnyview, Banchory Devenick, AB12 5YD.
Applicant: Mr John Thomson c/o All Design (Scotland) Limited, James Gregory Centre, Campus 2, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB22 8GU.
Full planning permission for extension to dwellinghouse.
Public comment expiry date: 30 September.

Portlethen could get grant boost

The Scottish Government has announced a £30 million Town Centre Fund to support economic recovery. And Portlethen is one of the 17 towns in Aberdeenshire which could benefit.

A Regeneration Capital Grant Fund will provide £12 million in support for projects, while £18 million will be injected into the Town Centre Fund for investment in 2020-21. Aberdeenshire Council’s share is £1.17 million and will be used to drive local economic activity.

The council is consulting business associations, community groups, councillors and services within the local authority to identify capital projects which fit the criteria and tight timescales.

It is working to identify any projects which have a feasibility study complete or a robust business plan in place, which have carried out public consultation and which will stimulate and support a wide range of investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish.

Projects must have a transformational impact on the town centre and be deliverable within the 2020/21 financial year.

There is more information on the council website at:
https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/news/release.aspx?newsID=6919

And on the Scottish Government website: https://www.gov.scot/policies/regeneration/town-centre-fund/#:~:text=The%20aim%20of%20the%20Town,through%20local%20improvements%20and%20partnerships.

Funding approved for cycling routes

Portlethen is one of 10 active travel and low carbon transport projects which will share £9.46m through the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.

Aberdeenshire Council had submitted the successful bid to create three shared-use paths in the town for cycling and walking.

The award is for £180,000 with the remaining £100,000 funded from Aberdeenshire Council’s Capital Plan. The award is for multi-year funding and the project completion date is September 2022.

The proposals will add to existing shared-use paths to create an integrated network that will encourage active travel trips by fully connecting key destinations such as education, employment, retail and transport (rail station). The paths are:

  • Cookston Road to Portlethen Primary – 500m
  • Muirend Road to Badentoy Road – 930m
  • Muirend Road to Cookston Road – 710m

Tentative date for library re-opening

Plans are being made by Live Life Aberdeenshire to reopen Portlethen Library at the Academy Community Campus outwith school hours from Thursday 15 October.

This would however be a click and collect or doorstep delivery services.

It is also subject to change if there is a localised requirement or a change to Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines.

I also hear that Portlethen swimming pool may re-open in October. This is one part of a phased reopening strategy across Aberdeenshire. Again it depends on the pandemic situation nearer the time.

Police warn of Facebook fraud

Police Scotland is warning of an increase in fraudulent activity regarding Facebook.

The scam works whereby the victim is contacted by the scammer under the guise of claiming to be someone from their contacts list such as a friend of family member.

It is noticeable that there may be some general chat before the scammer asks for a loan of cash to purchase food stuffs or pay an outstanding bill.

They will thereafter provide banking details into which the cash is to be paid into. This request is generally complied with given that it is suspected as being a trusted source (friend or family).

There is generally a promise that the money will be paid back within a few days or next pay day. No monies are ever paid back and it is only when further enquiries / contact is made with the person requesting the cash that it becomes clear the original request did not come from them.

Advice

  • Should you receive such a request, which in itself is out of the ordinary, do not make any payment until you are sure it is a genuine request.
  • All efforts should be made to speak to your friend or family member making the request by phone prior to any cash being sent to ensure that it is a genuine request.
  • Never ask for a direct phone number from the person requesting the cash. This may take you directly back to the scammer.

An information video on computer fraud is listed below. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCboSJqehhxgkofjcX8mvEdg

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New planning applications

The applications below have been registered last week within the Kincardine ward of Aberdeenshire Council and can be viewed using the online Planning Register (https://upa.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online-applications/).

APP/2020/1663
Site address: Plot 2, land adjacent to Bents Farmhouse, Muchalls.
Applicant: Mr Allan Ross c/o Morris Tait Architectural Design, Brackenwell, Pitcaple, AB51 5HY.
Full planning permission for the erection of a dwellinghouse (change of house type to planning permission reference APP/2016/1232).
Public comment expiry date: 1 October.

APP/2020/1672
Site address: Land to the east of Maryculter Cemetery, near Maryculter Parish Church, Maryculter.
Applicant: Aberdeenshire Council.
Full planning permission for creation of a cemetery with associated car parking.
Public comment expiry date: 1 October.

APP/2020/1703
Site address: Unit 1, Portlethen Retail Park, Muirend Road, Portlethen, AB12 4XP.
Applicant: ALDI c/o Projekt Architects, Media Exchange 2, Coquet Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2QB.
Advertisement consent for the erection of signage.
Public comment expiry date: 23 September.

Big response to local development plan

More than 1,300 representations have been received on the Proposed Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2020.

After being formally published online on 25 May, Aberdeenshire Council hosted a 10-week largely digital consultation during which representations on the content of the Proposed LDP could be made.

All representations have now been acknowledged and assigned a unique reference number.

The single biggest issue arising from the representations is objection received to proposed opportunity sites in Potterton, with around 20% of all representations received concerning that matter.

The total number of representations is significantly higher than received to the Proposed LDP in 2015.

It is expected that the Proposed LDP will be submitted to Scottish Ministers for examination in December.

The examination will take six to nine months and it is anticipated that the Report of Examination will be presented to a meeting of Full Council during the autumn of 2021 when councillors will decide whether they wish to adopt a new LDP.

All planning applications are assessed against the policies and plans in a local development plan.

A92 resurfacing work warning

BEAR Scotland will be undertaking maintenance works on the A92 northbound carriageway from Newtonhill to Cammachmore.

The works to replace the deteriorated road surface will take place between 7.30pm and 6.30am from Monday 14 September to Saturday 19 September.

There will be a convoy system with a 10mph speed restriction after the Newtonhill on slip until after the Cammachmore junction, northbound. The contraflow will only run between 7:30pm and 6:30am each night.

The road will be fully opened during the day.

The Cammachmore junction will have to be closed between 7:30pm to 6:30am each night, for the safety of the workforce and motorists.

The location of the resurfacing work is shown in blue.
The start of the area to be resurfaced
The red line shows the end of the area to be resurfaced.