New Rubislaw Quarry flats plan recommended for approval

The latest plans to develop hundreds of flats at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry have been recommended for approval.

Canadian real estate firm Carttera lodged full plans in January to deliver 245 fully managed, one, two and three-bedroom apartments at the north side of the historic quarry.

Amenities at Rubislaw View include a public bistro, state-of-the-art residents-only gym, underground parking (including electric vehicle charging points), publicly available car club cars, and a full concierge service for tenants.

Aberdeen City Council has been recommended to back the detailed proposals at their planning meeting next week, on the condition Carttera agrees to pay to boost local services.

According to the Press & Journal, the developer has agreed to contribute more than £3.3 million to pay for affordable housing, which will be built elsewhere because of foreseen difficulties in maintaining the required 61 units within the development.

A further £257,000 to boost the school roll at nearby Hazlehead Academy, improve Hazlehead Park and to fund further health facilities in the city centre is also required.

The plans for Rubislaw View have been revised from a previous £68 million proposal for 300 flats and a public promenade which was refused planning consent in 2018. Revisions include a significant reduction in the scale of the building, decreasing it in height, length and area, and a consequent reduction in the number of apartments whilst increasing the relative amount of on-site parking.

In his report to councillors, senior council planner Matthew Easton stated: “The building is not considered to represent overdevelopment or to have an unacceptable impact on the character and amenity of the surrounding area.

“The building would sit comfortably within the site, due the surrounding topography and landscape and through the careful design of its scale, massing and form.

“The nine-storey height is not consistent across the building.”

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