New house for local Ghillie

New Ghillie house

Ballogie Estate has been granted permission to build a riverside house for its Head Ghillie to improve policing of the area.

Members of the Marr area committee voted six to four in favour of the application, which was recommended for refusal by council planning officers.

Lewis Gray, representing Ballogie Estate, explained to the committee that the area had regular problems with poachers and campers.

Mr Gray said that the Head Ghillie, who lives just over four miles away, is constantly being called down to the riverbank.

The representative added that the plan for a new house was supported by Grampian Police.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillors Karen and Linda Clark were in agreement that there was a need for the Ghillie to be closer to the area.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Peter Argyle felt a Ghillie on site was important for the area and would help with “litter, fishing and the prevention of poaching.”

Fellow Banchory councillor Jill Webster, however, warned that the council could be faced with a “proliferation” of housing applications if it approved the Ballogie plans.

The committee agreed to grant planning permission after a vote and the plans will now go forward to the council’s infrastructure services committee.

Lumphanan school

Plans to extend Lumphanan Primary school were given the go ahead by councillors last week.

Members of the Marr area committee voted in favour of the plans which will see a new classroom and reception area being added to the north side of the existing building where the school playground currently is..

The Deeside school earned praise from a number of councillors who agreed an extension was “essential”.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Linda Clark said: “I am delighted that Lumphanan is getting this extension that they dearly need. It is a great little school.”

House in conservation area

Plans to build a new house in a conservation area on Royal Deeside were passed by councillors last week.

A decision on the application had to be deferred last month to allow members of the Marr area committee to visit the site at Coldrach Lodge, Braemar.

Aberdeenshire council planners had recommended refusal on the grounds it would represent a “loss of character” for the area.

Several councillors spoke in favour of the planning application, including Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Marcus Humphrey and Banchory and Mid-Deeside member Linda Clark who described the plans as “superb”.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside councillor Peter Argyle warned that the committee needed to remember the proposed site was in a conservation area.

Banchory councillor Jill Webster said she was unhappy with the plans and agreed with the planners that the application should be rejected.

The committee approved the application by six votes to four on the grounds it was in a style and design that was acceptable within a conservation area.