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Plans for 1,325 new homes in Aberdeen backed

Image caption The Mugiemoss development takes in the site of industrial bags plant Mondi

Two plans to build a total of 1,325 new homes in Aberdeen have been backed by councillors.

Stewart Milne Homes is looking to regenerate the 83-acre former Davidson paper mill site at Mugiemoss Road with up to 900 homes.

There are also plans for 425 homes on land at Stoneywood.

Members of the council's development management sub-committee voted in favour of both applications to create "highly sought-after housing".

Vice convener John Corall said of the former paper mill site: "This is a highly desirable development that will regenerate a prominent, not to mention historic, site in the west of the city.

"It will create much-needed housing that will no doubt be attractive to locals planning a move or families looking to set up home in the city.

"The inclusion of parks and shops, as well as the proposed leisure and community facilities, only strengthens my view that this development will be in high demand."

Job fears

He added of the other plan: "Stoneywood is an extremely attractive location with excellent air, train and business links close at hand.

"This is a sizeable development that will not only fill a housing gap but also provide vital community facilities, such as a health centre and pharmacy. I am in no doubt that once work gets under way people will be queuing up to move in."

The Mugiemoss development takes in the site of an industrial bags plant where 68 jobs are feared to be at risk.

Unions have been in talks with management at Mondi over the future of its operation.

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