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Rival developers dig in over quarry battle

Rival developers dig in over quarry battle

The latest move has been made in a battle between two rival developers over the historic granite quarry that gave Aberdeen its 'Granite City' nickname.

Canadian developer Carttera has published images and details of its £68 million proposal for the Rubislaw Quarry site, from where the grey stone from which the city's historic buildings were fashioned was dug. 

It wants to construct a complex with 300 rental apartments, a gym and a heritage restaurant, which will contain a permanent exhibition tracing the history of the site.

The company has also said it is "vehemently" opposed to an alternative plan for the site by local businessman Hugh Black for a heritage centre on the south and east of the site, that would actually overhang the water-filled 466 ft deep pit of the quarry itself. 

Mr Black's plan has already run into some difficulty, as the quarry owners have been deadlocked in talks with the Scottish Lands Tribunal over its attempt to make the change to the deeds for the land necessary for the scheme to go ahead.

The man behind the Carttera scheme, Jim Tadeson, has also attacked Mr Black's plans, while talking up his firm's alternative proposal.

He remarked: "We want to pay tribute to this history through the architecture, and publicly accessible spaces within the building. We have another heritage centre proposed next to us, which we have been opposed to all along.

"We have always believed that the area where that centre is proposed should be preserved in its natural state."

The quarry battle is not the only notable planning dispute in Aberdeen at present.

Earlier this month, Aberdeen Football Club withdrew its controversial proposal to build a new stadium and training complex at Kingsholm on the western edge of the city, in the midst of concerted opposition from some local people.

The club is set to have talks with council planning officers before deciding whether to push ahead with the scheme, which it says is necessary as its dilapidated Pittodrie home will not be able to stage matches in European competitions under stricter ground quality regulations that will soon be coming into effect.

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