New development 10 miles south of Aberdeen could see up to 9,000 new homes

Plans have been submitted in Scotland for the first phase of a £1bn new town 10 miles south of Aberdeen.

The plans for the Chapelton of Elsick scheme has been submitted by Elsick Development Company on land owned by the Duke of Fife.

The application, which is being managed by the Duke of Fife’s son David Southesk, includes an outline application for the first 4,045 houses of the community, as well as a full application for the first phase of approximately 800 homes, as well as a neighbourhood centre featuring shops, offices and parks.

The phase forms half of Chapelton’s first neighbourhood, Cairnhill, which will later include a primary school.

A total of seven neighbourhoods could eventually be built on the 2,000 acre site, accommodating 9,000 homes. The vision behind the new town is based on the principles of sustainable or new urbanism, the best known example of which is the work carried out by the Prince of Wales at Poundbury.

Lord Southesk said: “It has taken a great deal of work and commitment to get to this point.

“Chapelton will not only provide a substantial economic boost to the area, but offers an opportunity to create a new style of living that will undoubtedly provide home buyers with a vibrant community in the north east of Scotland.”