New Scottish town to feature 8,000 new homes
Infrastructure work has started on a new £2bn project to create the biggest new town in Scotland, Chapelton, located just south of Aberdeen. The scheme, which is being developed Elsick Development Company, will include around 8,000 new homes, with 40% green space and a focus on sustainable community living.
Aside from new homes, the new town will also feature a wide range of other facilities, including a new school, scheduled to open in 2018, as well as a range of NHS healthcare services.
A ceremony took place at the development site last week to market the start of the £8m infrastructure work, which is being carried out by local firm WM Donald. In excess of 100 guests attended the ceremony to see the unveiling of a cairn seat in the gardens of Elsick House, which will become a civic space at the centre of the town.
Speaking at the ceremony Aberdeenshire Provost, Lord Southesk, director of Elsick Development Company, remarked: "This momentous day is the culmination of many years of planning. It will be really exciting to see the diggers start on site creating what will become a thriving new sustainable community with a busy high street, schools, healthcare facilities and lots of green space on 2,000 acres of farmland. We have now completed a range of house designs to suit a variety of needs and with a focus on modern living."
Housebuilders Zero C Holdings, AJC Homes and A&J Stephen will start to deliver the first homes from Spring 2014.
Aberdeenshire Provost's Jill Webster added: "Chapleton is an exciting new concept for Aberdeenshire and I am pleased to see the first steps being taken to turn the plans into reality.
"The Elsick Development Company has worked closely in collaboration with Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that this new town fits the needs of its new residents and creates a blueprint for similar developments in the future, prioritising infrastructure, facilities and open spaces."