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Grandhome is the only proposal in the north-east adopted by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI). Every effort has been made to ensure that the new community will encourage a sustainable lifestyle, particularly in terms of provision of active transport options and mixed-use design.
The design of the new community will be entirely neighbourhood-based, meaning that homes will be within walking distance of a range of amenities, including shops, schools and community facilities. Day-to-day needs will be met within a 5-7 minute walk and the connected street pattern means pedestrians and cyclists will be able to freely move in any direction without taking circuitous routes. At the heart of the community will be a vibrant and attractive high street featuring offices, shops and cafés likely to be visited by the greater Bridge of Don region.
Grandhome is within one of three Strategic Growth Areas identified by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Structure Plan 2009. This plan requires Aberdeen to deliver 21,000 new homes and 175 hectares of employment land by 2030.
The Aberdeen Local Development Plan, adopted by Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Government Ministers in January 2012 has designated Grandhome as delivering 7,000 of those homes and 5 hectares of employment land.
The initial commitment is for up to 4,700 units up to 2023. The remaining 2,300 units will be brought forward after this period.
Aberdeen City Council resolved to grant Planning Permission in Principle on 28th May 2014 for the first 4,700 homes.
This resolution to grant permission in principle was a significant step forward and will be followed by detailed planning applications later this year for the infrastructure and housing for the first phase of development, totalling around 600 homes.
Details in respect of phase 1 enabling infrastructure have now been approved and detailed applications for the first residential phase will follow over the course of 2016.
In addition to formal planning applications Aberdeen City Council requires owners of large sites to bring forward an over-arching plan for the site called a Development Framework. This document was approved by the Council as Supplementary Planning Advice in August 2013 following approval by the Scottish Government.
The Development Framework will be followed by the submission of a supporting document for each phase called a Masterplan Statement. Masterplan Statements are designed to provide greater detail on the development and will be submitted in tandem with the detailed planning applications for each phase.
The first phase of Grandhome will include around 600 homes, along with related facilities. The timescale for development is expected to be around three years, depending on construction, the housing market and take-up rates. Roads, open space, community facilities, energy infrastructure, and some retail will also form part of the first phase of development.
Future phases will advance in line with market demand, with balanced provision of infrastructure, schools and other community facilities.
It is expected that construction will commence on the first houses in 2016 with the first occupations taking place the following year. Further development will follow market demand, adhering to the principles set out by the site masterplan and the Development Framework.
Consultation has been a key part of the Grandhome design process and will continue to play a leading role as plans go forward. All comments put forward will be considered as the masterplan develops, whether the comments are offered at a public exhibition or via email@example.com .
A Pre-Application Consultation Report will form part of both the Planning Application in Principle and Full Application for Grandhome. This report will identify key themes in community comments and clarify how community feedback has affected the evolution of the masterplan.
If you have any comments about the scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next public exhibition will be advertised on this site, as well as in local newspapers and elsewhere in the Bridge of Don. To be kept updated about this and other events, please sign up.
Grandhome is designed to be a diverse community, featuring homes of different sizes, types and designs to suit families of many sizes and budgets. Accordingly, the development will include flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses; these can accommodate a variety of household sizes.
A mix of homes, varying from 1-bedroom flats to 5-bedroom houses, will be included within each neighbourhood. These neighbourhoods will be similar to those found in traditional towns, with higher density development in each neighbourhood centre and larger homes on quieter roads on the edges of the settlement. Providing this mix of housing will not only offer a range of choices to initial buyers, but also enable families to move within Grandhome if they choose to up or downsize.
The Aberdeen City Local Development Plan indicates that Grandhome should accommodate 25% affordable housing overall. The housing will be clustered within the community to ensure that it is fully accessible. It will also follow the same general design parameters as the rest of the housing, to ensure that the homes match the overall context of the development and contribute positively to each neighbourhood.
There is likely to be a mix of different types and sizes of units within the affordable housing allocation, including rentals, and other programmes such as shared ownership. The detailed affordable housing delivery strategy will be agreed with both Aberdeen City Council and the housing associations that will eventually deliver and manage the housing.
A pool of preselected house builders, developers and designers will build Grandhome, following the overall masterplan. These will include local house builders and those from other parts of Scotland.
Many will bring experience, building high quality homes with traditional materials, as well as building mixed-use communities.
Detailed architectural plans will be shown for comment during the next exhibition. All houses will be designed in close collaboration between the architects and house builders, taking inspiration from local precedents.
The first phase will provide a range of community facilities to support the first set of new homes. This will include local shops and services. More detailed information of these facilities will be determined by the time of the next exhibition.
The town centre will include a traditional high street, likely to become a destination for the whole Bridge of Don. Plans for the high street are still being developed, but the area is likely to include amenities such as a supermarket, a hotel and leisure facility, cafés and shops. The high street is also designed to include community buildings, at least one square and open spaces.
The ground floor of most buildings in the town centre will include retail or office space, with the upper levels featuring offices or flats. Car parking will be available on the street, and will also be located within the blocks, shielded from view.
Schools are an important element in Grandhome’s neighbourhood structure and will offer high quality facilities to support learning for all ages.
Grandhome is aiming towards self-sufficiency in terms of education with three primary schools and a secondary school. The first school is expected to be delivered early in the second phase of the development post 2018. In advance of this the Education Authority has advised us that children from the initial phase of the development will be accommodated at Danestone Primary which is expected to have a high level of unfilled places over the years 2015-2020.
The architects on the Grandhome design team are seeking to use materials that reflect local architectural character in north Donside. As is also found in traditional parts of north Aberdeen, street tree planting and green spaces (using indigenous species) will be incorporated, to complement the built form.
Yes, there is a network of connected, accessible public green spaces including formal spaces such as parks, play spaces and playing fields, as well as natural ‘wild’ areas and allotments.
The masterplan provides a very generous amount of green space that goes over and above that required for new development by Aberdeen City Council.
There will be a network of footpaths and cycleways that link different parts of the site itself, as well as connecting to adjoining neighbourhoods, the wider countryside and River Don corridor.
Existing features of ecological value are going to be protected and enhanced wherever possible. New natural landscape features will also be incorporated, such as mixed species woodlands, meadows and watercourses. The eventual landscape management regime will include measures to maximise the habitat potential of natural areas and public green spaces.
Grandhome’s first phase will be accessed from Whitestripes Avenue with a second potential access from Whitestripes Road.
Later phases will be accessed from a new junction on the Parkway.
The surrounding area is already relatively well served by bus services and it is expected that these routes will be extended into the site for the initial phases, with new services added as the site grows. The Grandhome planning team is in discussions with Aberdeen City Council and local bus providers to determine how services will initially connect with the site.
The planning and design teams are currently developing a renewable energy strategy. This strategy will look at individual building fabric improvements and micro-generation on specific buildings.
The Grandhome team will begin discussions with providers over the coming months, and hope to see very good broadband options and coverage provided.
Grandhome will include a wide mix of employment and commercial development – from shops, workshops, studios and serviced offices, to larger commercial premises. These provisions should complement the broader objectives of the Energetica corridor.
Some of this commercial development is proposed in the early phases, other parts will follow as the community is established.
The development will also create many opportunities for those in the Aberdeen construction industry.
The Grandhome Trust will lead and co-ordinate the development – including selecting developers and designers – through all the various stages. The ideal approach for the future management of the development has not been determined. However, the Grandhome Trust aspires to identify a means of ensuring the long-term quality and architectural integrity of Grandhome, its buildings and its parks.
High-quality design is key to the vision for Grandhome and the entire planning and design team is seeking to achieve this. Grandhome’s designers have also been working with Aberdeen City Council and Architecture+Design Scotland (A+DS) in support of that vision.
If you wish to register your interest for a residential or business location in the first phase of Grandhome, please provide your contact details to email@example.com. Beyond homes, there will also be space for large business premises, which will come forward when the right occupiers are identified.