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Plans submitted for £1bn new town in Aberdeen

Elsick Development Company has submitted a planning application for a £1 billion Chapelton of Elsick new town scheme near Aberdeen.

Together with outline plans for the new 4,000 home community – located 10 miles south of Aberdeen – the developer has also lodged full plans for the first phase of 800 homes with Aberdeenshire Council.

The new town will also include industrial and business development on land adjacent to Newtonhill and is estimated to generate approximately 8,200 jobs.

EDC has also drawn up a long term masterplan for the new town, which will eventually consist of 9,000 homes across seven neighbourhoods on the 2,000 acre site.

Other features of the town, which has been designed to be self-sufficient, will include a primary school, leisure facilities, a high street with retail units and a neighbourhood centre.

As a result of several public consultations the masterplan - developed by new urbanism pioneer Andres Duany - now includes a revised road layout that fits with the topography of the site and a new biomass energy centre, which will enable Chapelton to be carbon neutral by 2016.

Elsick Development Company director Lord Southesk said: “Chapelton will not only provide a substantial economic boost to the area, but offers an opportunity to create a new style of living that will undoubtedly provide homebuyers with a vibrant community in the north east of Scotland. From an extensive range of homes and schools through to a well planned town centre and green space, this is a chance to deliver a new sustainable community on a highly significant scale.”

The council will now undertake a 28 day statutory consultation on the planning documentation where members of the public will be given another opportunity to comment on proposals.

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