Mature landscape character secured by care home design

A reporter indicated that she was minded to grant permission for a 65-bed care home in an Aberdeen conservation area after being satisfied that it would not harm the mature landscape setting within which it would sit.

The site occupied part of the landscaped grounds of a hotel and involved a building of between two and four storeys in height. This reflected the topography of the site, the reporter noted, and while the height would be greater than the hotel, it would be lower than surrounding trees. The materials involving granite, slate and render were also acceptable, she opined, and would ensure that the character of the conservation area, and integrity of the locally designated green space network, were preserved. The removal of a range of category A and B protected trees was also justified, she concluded, although there would be some impact on local amenity. A legal obligation was required to be agreed before the reporter could issue her decision.

Reporter: Alison Kirkwood; Written representations

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