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Probe into Aberdeen third River Don crossing purchases

A public inquiry has been called into the potential use of compulsory purchase orders for the planned third River Don crossing in Aberdeen.

The local authority has had long-held plans to build a bridge linking Tillydrone and Grandholm.

Many people own property along the way, and Transport Scotland said a hearing would be held in response to the number of objections.

The council said the inquiry would not consider the crossing plan itself.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "Due to the volume of statutory objections received, this matter is being dealt with by way of a Public Local Inquiry.

"As such, the case has now been passed to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals to make arrangements for the inquiry.

"The scheme remains the responsibility of Aberdeen City Council and it is a matter for them to work towards resolving these objections."

The aim of the crossing is to improve access to the north of the city.

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