The public have never been consulted on a development without pedestrianisation at Marischal Square. According to Muse, the final plans showing building materials have not been completed and submitted to the council for approval. The Pinnacle drawings have been criticised by ACC and Muse.
1.1 When are the public going to be consulted on the 'final final' plans? Will this show the site without pedestrianisation?
The first stage of public consultation by Muse included consultation on the full or partial pedestrianisation of Broad Street, as well as retaining the status quo.
The final plans for the development were approved by the Council on 8 October 2014. Pedestrianisation of Broad Street was not considered in influencing the planning application, for reasons set out in the report and discussed at the Council meeting.
It was made clear to Council that approving the Marischal Square application does not stop potential future pedestrianisation. Options for pedestrianisation are still under consideration as part of the City Centre Masterplan and Delivery Programme.
We do not anticipate any significant changes to the design; however planning permission is subject to a number of standard conditions.
Condition 9 requires "That no development shall commence until such time as a detailed scheme of materials and finishes, including material samples, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the planning authority in the interests of visual amenity and preserving both the setting of adjacent listed buildings and the character of the Union Street Conservation Area."Any significant changes to the design would be subject to a further planning application.
1.2 Please explain why we are less than 1 month from Muse's announced start date for construction and they are still unable to provide any plans of how it will look.
Illustrations of the development were included as part of the planning application. Please visit Planning and Sustainable Development to see the images. There is no requirement to provide further material other than any specified in the conditions set out in the planning approval on 8 October 2014.
1.3 Not one inaccuracy in pinnacle's 3D image has been offered. Where does it differ (materially) from the plans?
1.4 The public have never been consulted on a development without pedestrianisation at Marischal Square. According to Muse, the final plans showing building materials have not been completed and submitted to the council for approval. The Pinnacle drawings have been criticised by ACC and Muse.
The Pinnacle drawings referred to were not commissioned by the Council nor the developer. We are therefore unable to offer any explanation as to the plans used to construct the images.
As stated in the 8 October 2014 report the materials to be used in Marischal Square are subject to further conditions and approval by planners.