THE plans for a 300-home retirement village at Storthes Hall are back on the agenda.
Outline permission for the scheme was passed three years ago, but nothing else has happened since.
The village will be for people aged over 60 and there are concerns that such a large population would put unbearable pressure on doctors and dentists surgeries in the surrounding area.
There are also worries that it will lead to increased traffic congestion.
Some say the design and materials will be out of keeping with its country setting.
But there are plus sides to the development plan.
It will bring back to life what was once the site of a huge hospital and will be an ideal setting for a retirement village. It will give people a quality of life in the country many yearn for after working life has finished.
And it could be a welcome economic boost to the area with the new residents spending their money at local businesses.
All in all, the developers could have come up with a very different and less acceptable scheme to the plan they are now putting forward.
After all, we would expect that due to the age of the people living there, they will show great respect to their environment.
Yet the impact on local services and the road network surrounding Storthes Hall must be addressed.