Area Committee refuse second Braehead application

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Marr Area committee have this week rejected a second planning application for a residential development at Braehead, Auchattie.

The local councillors voted unanimously to support Infrastructure Services recommendation to refuse planning permission for 300 homes at the site.

A similar application from developers, Sandlaw Farming Co., for 400 houses at the site was refused in June last year and the new application was also refused for many of the same reasons as its predecessor.

These reasons mainly related to the application being contradictory to Aberdeenshire Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) but also included factors such as a “detrimental impact on the existing landscape character and setting of Banchory.”

The application also garnered a total of 640 valid representations with 634 of these objecting - which is believed to be a record number for the local body.

Speaking at the meeting, Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Linda Clark said: “My number one problem with this is that it is just not in the keeping with the Local Development Plan.

“This application still has all the problems as the one before it and as far as I am concerned, it’s not any different to me.

“I can not see anyway I could approve this application and I am saddened as I do not know how many times it is going to keep coming up and upsetting people.”

Fellow Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Jill Webster said: “This development would be a blot on the landscape.

“I’ve never seen an application with so many valid objections, there aren’t just 12 reasons for refusal in this document, there are 12 pages - it’s overwhelming.

“It’s not sustainable and it’s not integrated with the rest of Banchory which is why it has been thrown out time and time again.

“I don’t think it’s fair that the local people have to continuously be subjected to this application.”

Councillors Peter Argyle and Karen Clark also spoke out against the application.

The proposal will now go before Full Council on April 28 for determination.