Braehead development refused

An artist's impression of part of the proposed Braehead development.
An artist's impression of part of the proposed Braehead development.

Campaigners against a proposed 300-home development on the outskirts of Banchory have welcomed a council decision to refuse it.

The full Aberdeenshire Council unanimously turned down the bid by Sandlaw Farming Company for the project at Braehead, to the south of the town.

Planning officials had recommended rejection of the application for permission in principle, which had also been refused by the area committee.

Mike Adams, spokesman for Stop Scolty Redevelopment, said: “We are of course delighted that the council have again listened to the community, planning department and local councillors in voting to unanimously reject planning permission at Braehead.

“Repeat applications such as this serve only to clog up the planning system, disenfranchise communities and act as a no risk gamble for developers.

“Approving development at Braehead would have gone against the entire purpose of the planning system, running roughshod over the current and upcoming local development plans.”