BID objects to plans to create Aberdeen Retail Park

Business organisations have objected to plans to create a retail park on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Drum Property Group, developer of Prime Four, has submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council for a 30,000 sq m retail development, including a food store, next to the existing business park in Kingswells.

Next and Boots have already been confirmed as retailers for the park. It is anticipated the new development would deliver 500 new jobs.

A pre-determination hearing will take place among councillors on Wednesday.

But a variety of objections have been made by organisations including Aberdeen Inspired and those behind the city’s huge Countesswells development.

The 3,000-home Countesswells development, which includes 750 affordable homes, schools, employment land, parks and leisure and healthcare facilities, is to be phased over 15 years and is worth around £1 billion.

But developer Countesswells Development Ltd has said giving the go ahead to the Prime Four proposals would “undermine” the creation of a town centre within Countesswells might not become a reality.

An objection sent to the council on the firm’s behalf said: “Your council granted planning permission in principle for the major mixed use development at Countesswells, including the creation of a new town centre, on April 1.

“The proposals contained within the current planning application at Prime Four Business Park have the capacity to seriously undermine the implementation of the approved Countesswells proposals.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen Inspired, which has invested millions of pounds in improving the city centre, said building a retail park on the outskirts of the city would have a negative impact on the city centre.

A letter sent by chief executive officer Adrian Watson said: “It is vital that any proposals for out of town development do not undermine or jeopardise the excellent progress which has, and is continuing to be made.

“It is for those reasons that we object to this application.”

Knight Property Group, which is behind the Capitol office development, and the owners of the Kittybrewster and lower Berryden retail parks are also against the proposals.

But Kingswells Community Council supports the plans.

In a letter, secretary Ian Cox said: “Kingswells Community Council considers that the provision of retail on this development site is an appropriate use of the site if we receive a satisfactory and convincing response to our concerns.”

 

Source: Evening Express