Home Inverness colorado housing Public opinions sought on Cullen housing development plan

Public opinions sought on Cullen housing development plan


PLANS for the construction of 56 homes in Cullen were presented at a public consultation session in the town.

Kenny Shand, Senior Planning Consultant at GH Johnston, presents some of the proposals for the new Cullen housing development. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

Last Monday at the Seafield Arms Hotel, representatives from architects GH Johnston and developers Morlich Homes were on hand to present initial proposals for a 3.4 hectare site just off Seafield Road towards Cullen.

It is envisaged that the site would contain a mix of accommodation, a pocket park plus a crossing point on the west side of Seafield Road providing a link to Cullen Primary School.

GH Johnston’s senior planning consultant, Kenny Shand, said: “We are still in the very early stages of the proposals.

“We have already submitted a proposal for a notice of candidacy to Moray Council and the purpose of today’s consultation is to hear local views.

“At the moment we have up to 55 homes being built in phases, comprising two, three and four bedroom properties. There would also be an affordable home element of up to around 15 homes if the full development is completed. built.

“There hasn’t been a lot of housing development in Cullen over the years, what there has been has tended to be on a smaller scale, and we think there’s a demand for that type of project now, especially due to the pressures caused by houses being sold as vacation homes.

“The development of the construction phases would be driven by market demand.

“It is an ideal family location. Sustainability is at the heart of this development and I hope it will help maintain the role of the local primary school.

“In terms of amenities, including play areas, these requirements would be assessed at each phase of development. The Scottish Government is encouraging planners to aim for 20 minute communities, but due to the size of Cullen this is essentially already one, with most towns reachable within a 20 minute walk. What we envision with this development are communities five and 10 minutes away.

“All this adds to the sustainability of the development.”

An aerial view of the proposed development site.  Photo: GH Johnston
An aerial view of the proposed development site. Photo: GH Johnston

Mr Shand added that the next step following the consultation would see the proposals, including changes driven by public comment, submitted to the planning committee.

Details of the proposals to date, including two videos, can be viewed at https://www.ghjohnston.co.uk/planning/community-engagement-2/

Information can also be obtained by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

You can also write to GH Johnston Building Consultants Ltd at Willow House, Stoneyfield Business Park, Inverness, IV2 7PA or telephone (01463) 237229.

Opinions and suggestions regarding the development can be submitted via an online feedback form or an offline form can be printed and returned to GH Johnston at the above address. Comments can also be sent to the email addresses above.

Comments must be submitted by Monday, April 18.

It was emphasized that comments submitted during the consultation do not constitute representations to Moray Council regarding the proposal.

Two local councilors – Donald Gatt and Laura Powell – have already spoken about the proposal.

Councilor Gatt said: “I have no problem with the 55 houses.

“That would generally be welcome in Cullen.

“My concern for Seafield Road is that there seems to be an endless problem with speeding complaints.”

There have been calls to reduce the speed limit between Cullen and the junction with Councilor Powell’s B9018 road.

“I would like the 40mph section removed and the speed limit reduced to 30mph until it reaches the junction with Keith Road.

“This will reduce the speed of traffic entering and leaving Cullen.

“There will be an affordable housing element to this which is very much needed.

“Some of the lower priced properties in Cullen are being sold as vacation homes, and I hope the affordable units are completed earlier in the development rather than left to finish.”

Cullen and Deskford Community Council will also be invited to comment on the proposal.

Do you want to react to this article ? If yes, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.