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Aberdeenshire Council's Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee granted an outline planning application to start transforming 2,000 acres of farmland into a vibrant new community with 4,025 new homes, Chapelton of Elsick. A detailed application for the first 802 homes was also passed.
Work will begin on the £2billion development in summer this year. The new town, Scotland's largest, will include a range of homes and schools, a town centre and green space with a focus on sustainability.
Sustainability has been put at the top of the agenda for a new town in Aberdeenshire, Chapelton of Elsick. The developers have appointed advisors to focus on low-carbon, affordable solutions for the utilities provision for the 8,000 new homes.
Anyone stating "it's grim up north" has probably never visited Aberdeenshire. Located on the dramatic east coast, the area has one of the best standards of living in Scotland, with excellent job opportunities in a wide range of industries. Its combination of rural living and urban towns as well as its proximity to Aberdeen itself, make the region an attractive place to raise a family. House-hunters looking to find a new home in Aberdeenshire will find a large number of options available.
Luxury properties from premium housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes are proving popular across the North East of Scotland. Mike Cowie, sales director of Stewart Milne Homes North Scotland, says: "The Aberdeen property market continues to outperform the rest of the country, particularly the upper end where demand for luxury living continues and homes regularly sell for over £1million."
Despite its long and fascinating history, Aberdeenshire has a relatively young population. People are drawn here not only for the plentiful employment opportunities but also the scenic countryside and dramatic coastline that can be found within just a few miles of Aberdeen city centre. Those looking to find a new home in the northeast of Scotland will find large and varied choice of new-build properties on the market, with something to suit almost everyone.
Donald Trump, the property magnate who once declared his interest in running for President of the USA, has officially launched a major new golf course in Aberdeenshire which could eventually lead to the construction of over 1,000 new homes in the region.
The plan for the largest new town currently being developed north of the border has further progressed after a third public consultation. Local residents and business owners recently attended a public exhibition at Cookney Village Hall detailing updates, amendments and the latest designs for the Aberdeenshire settlement of new homes in Scotland - Chapelton of Elsick.
Construction has started on McCarthy & Stone's purpose-built, private Assisted Living development in Cults, with sales opening in January 2013 and first residents expected to move in by July 2013. Named Florence Court in honour of local Olympic silver medallist David Florence, this development is situated on the grounds of the former Cults Parish Church, manse and neighbouring property on North Deeside Road.
People’s perception of the housing market is starting to regain a more positive vibe at the moment and the north east of Scotland is leading the way. Recent figures from the Bank of Scotland show that house prices in three coastal towns in the area have more than doubled since 2004. The biggest rises were seen in Macduff and Fraserburgh, which both saw house prices go up by a whopping 123%. In Cove Bay, that figure was 105%.