A group of Aberdeen City councillors, including co-leader, Cllr. Douglas Lumsden and planning convener, Cllr. Marie Boulton, have voiced their satisfaction at the progress of the North-east’s newest £800m town of Countesswells.
The delegation was treated to a tour of the first neighbourhood and to witness the scale of landscaping that has been developed, including the Cults Burn Park, wildflower meadows and the community orchard.
The first housing development of Regency Place is now home to over 150 families who regularly enjoy the extensive parklands and the first playpark that has opened within the community.
Countesswells is one of several new communities in the local development plan which aims to meet the increased population of Aberdeen City over the next 15 years. The town represents an £800m investment in the region which will deliver a new unique community of which the city can be proud, create new jobs and boost the economy.
The councillors were able to see how the vision for Countesswells is becoming a reality and the major infrastructure and engineering works that have provided the foundations on which the new settlement is being built.
As well as a focus on sustainability, biodiversity and creating a real sense of community, Countesswells includes unique features such as the UK's fastest broadband, a community orchard and a playpark that has been approved by Play Scotland. Extra attention has been paid to details such as street names, to ensure they are traditional and representative of the unique setting of Countesswells.
Cllr. Lumsden, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: " We're really impressed with how Countesswells is shaping up and pleased by the careful planning of not just the major infrastructure and homes but also the detail and unique features that will make it a special place to live and work."
The team from Countesswells also outlined the next steps in delivering amenities, such as a food store and public transport, as well as urging the Council to deliver on the plans for the first new primary school on the site.
Countesswells ward Councillor, John Cook added: " The thought and care that has gone into creating the first phase are evident. Countesswells is truly an exemplar development from which we and other developers can learn."