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Flood fears stall Aberdeenshire housing plans

Plans for a major housing development in Aberdeenshire have been thrown into doubt out over flooding fears.

After plans for the construction of a Tesco store in Peterhead were twice rejected by the council, developer Hermiston Securities put forward plans for a 225-unit housing development.

But that is also now under threat from an objection lodged by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency over the lack of information it has been given about possible flooding.

The agency fears that the site is a “medium to high” risk, although it says it will reconsider after Hermiston does a full flood-risk assessment.

Meanwhile, the flood-prevention team at Aberdeenshire Council has also objected on the grounds that the 27-acre site off West Road lies on an active flood plain.

Fife-based Hermiston tried for six years to get permission for the proposed 50,000sq ft Tesco store alongside the existing Asda store. Councillors rejected the scheme because it would be detrimental to the town centre.