Council protect Peel Ring

The Peel Ring of Lumphanan
The Peel Ring of Lumphanan

Aberdeenshire Council has denied retrospective planning permission for a garage after Historic Scotland said it impacted on a historic site.

A garage was built at Former Irrigation Farm in Lumphanan without planning permission, after Historic Scotland said it had any built would have a derogatory effect on the Peel Ring of Lumphanan.

The Peel Ring is a defensive structure dating back to the 13th century and is protected as a ‘scheduled monument’.

The rejection was upheld by the Marr Area Committee on Tuesday, March 8.

However, the consensus among the councillors was mixed, but the decision to reject the planning permission won by six votes to four.

Councillor Geva Blackett made the motion to support the farmer.

“I don’t think the impact for the estate wastes the site,” she said. “We have to back a farmer and his business.”

The motion was seconded by Councillor Katrina Farquhar.

But a slight majority of the councillors found themselves agreeing with Historic Scotland’s opinion that the site should remain protected, citing a previous site visit as a deciding factor.

The planning officer appealed to the committee to not let emotion get in the way of their decision.

He said: “Sympathy does carry for whether to grant planning permission.”

He added that if the committee did grant permission then it would have been deferred to Scottish ministers because of the grounds protected status. Their decision to reject it negated that.