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As a general rule the Council will adopt all the roads and parking areas that serve the public. Private roads and parking areas will need to be maintained by the owners.To be confirmed

To finance the Chapelton Community Interest Company ('CCIC') and its activities. In addition to the general aim of improving and enhancing a healthy community, the CCIC has two main functions:

* To uphold the standards of community design and the specific architectural characteristics of the town.

* To manage the public areas of the town which will not be adopted by the Council, such as Hume Square.

As a not-for-profit company, any surpluses from its activities are to be used for the benefit of the entire community at Chapelton.

 

Only where these are part of an adoptable roadway. The Council will, on the whole, adopt the road, verges and the area to the back of any accompanying footpaths. It is unlikely that they will adopt larger green spaces. These, therefore, will be owned and maintained by the CCIC on behalf of residents.

The Elsick Development Company and the house-builders are responsible for the green spaces they construct until completed and handed over to the CCIC or Council.

That depends on the number of children coming through the rolls but the first primary school will be needed by the 489th house. 

The Secondary School will not be needed until 2,700 homes have been occupied.

The first affordable homes will be built at Chapelton after the 256th house is built.  1 in new 10 homes will be affordable and these will be fully integrated with the market housing.

 

There is a Liaison Committee which brings together the Elsick Development Company, Aberdeenshire Council, Community Councillors, various stakeholders such as the Portlethen Medical Practice and representatives of the surrounding communities. Chapelton residents are represented by a Resident Representative. If you would like to be considered for this role at some point please get in touch.

We welcome residents’ input, either at the Annual General Meeting or less formally, so please contact the CCIC if you have any suggestions.

Chapelton does not require a connection to the Fastlink. However, the Elsick Development Company believes that providing direct access to the Fastlink for the wider area could help alleviate existing pressure on the A90 at the Bridge of Dee by providing immediate access to a wider range of destinations.

Chapelton’s road network is designed to be naturally traffic calmed so there should be little attraction in trying to use it as a short-cut. It will be quicker to go north on the A90 to the Charleston junction and then west from there.An AWPR connection is not envisaged in the lifetime of the first 4000 houses to be built.

 

There are plans for a major supermarket in the Town Centre and for smaller ones in the neighbourhood centres. The first should be in the Cairnhill high street and it is planned to be about 1,000 m2 which is the same size as the Tesco at NewtonhillIt is intended that Chapelton will have a wide range of shops in due course.

An on demand Dial-A-Ride service is in operation. It runs, during the peak morning and evening periods, between Hume Square (initially, then Cairnhill) and the Park and Choose to ferry residents to the main bus service.  When demand increases there will be a bus service and it is anticipated that this may continue to Portlethen Railway Station with some runs in the middle of the day stopping at ASDA in Portlethen.

If you have any concerns over the build of your house or garden then these should be referred to the relevant house-builder.

If your concern is about other matters to do with the development or the management of the town then please contact the CCIC.

See "Altering your Property" in the "Your Home" section of this site.

At the moment the contribution is £257 per year per property. From 2017 it has been fixed by the CCIC at the level required to meet its budget requirements. The owner of a commercial property pays this standard contribution for each 150 square metres of floor-space.

Traffic calming is built in to the design of all Chapelton’s roads. Generally, roads called ‘Road’ are designed to limit speeds to 30 mph and others, ‘Street’ etc, 20 mph. This is achieved through a wide range of speed control measures and their spacing. These include raised features, on-street parking, street widths, limited forward visibility, trees, junctions and changes in surfacing to name some.

Greenlaw Road, from the Newtonhill roundabout to the edge of the town, is designated as ‘Country Road’ so the national speed limit of 60 mph applies although it has been designed to be 30mph in practice. Drivers should, therefore, only feel comfortable up to that latter limit. However, the road it is not yet operating as designed because the vegetation has yet to grow to maturity and reduce sight-lines and there is less traffic than eventually contemplated; both will reduce the speed at which drivers feel comfortable.

Within the town limits, the scope for speeding will also reduce in time as more cars are parked in the streets and more traffic has to negotiate along those streets.

We hope that concerns are unfounded and perhaps reflect that at the moment there is only partial provision of all the parking spaces that will serve each area. A great deal of thought has been put into planning the appropriate amount of parking. The amount is laid down by the Council. This is effectively a minimum standard and it is all that most developments provide.

We are seeking to better. So, for instance, the requirement for the 14 properties to the North of Greenlaw Road in Hume Square is 45 spaces but we will be providing 54. We are attempting to improve on other developments to make Chapelton a more pleasant and desirable place to live.

 

The approach into site from the roundabout to the town is extremely important as it is the ‘arrival experience’. The management and maintenance regime is designed to give the ‘looser’ character typically found on a rural road. This should contrast with the more urban nature of the roads within the town boundary.