Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee of Aberdeenshire Council gave the green light to the masterplan for Newesk. The decision focuses on the first two phases, which will include 300 residential properties, community facilities and employment land.
Newesk is the vision of Carnegie Base Services, a family business that owns and operates the former RAF Edzell airbase and surrounding land. Edzell Base has operated as a commercial site since 2000 and covers more than 300 acres of land to the west of the main A90 Aberdeen to Dundee trunk road.
Newesk, in its complete form, would cover the remaining 144 acres of land between the business base and the existing small community of Edzell Woods. Its facilities would include a new primary school, community hall, green space and local shops.
"We are obviously very pleased by today's decision – our over-arching focus remains the long-term creation of a thriving rural community at Newesk, encompassing all six phases of development which make up the full masterplan for the land," said David Carnegie, a partner in Carnegie Base Services. “Elected members showed a real understanding of the issues, and an appreciation of the work we have done to ensure that the community has had a chance to have their say on our plans and to input into the masterplan.
"Our focus now is on securing approval for the full masterplan for Newesk, as part of the ongoing development of the local plan for Aberdeenshire."