Councillors have voted against the controversial proposed ten flat development on Torphins’ Station Road by a margin of six to two.
The application by the village’s Station Garage to demolish the existing garage and erect the flats had proven divisive in the community with all fourteen residents of Station Road West objecting to the plan.
Members of the Marr Area Committee met at the Braemar Village Hall on Tuesday (June 18) to decide the final fate of the application.
At their previous meeting the members deferred the decision on the flats plan pending a site visit by themselves and council officials.
At the meeting, Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Geva Blackett said she had done much “soul searching” over the issue and come to the decision to reccomend a refusal of the application.
She was seconded in the motion by Banchory and Mid Deeside Councillor Linda Clark.
Cllr Blackett said to the committee: “I have thought long about this decision... The residents have so many concerns and in my view it would be over development of the site.”
She was backed by Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Jill Webster: “I don’t have another view and completely agree... (the proposal) is over development of the site.”
Cllr Peter Argyle said it was a “difficult issue”: “The issue is a difficult one. The advice from the roads department is that there is no problem with the parking situation if (the development) went ahead. On the other hand the residents have strong views to the contrary...”
Cllr Argyle voted in favour of developing the site along with Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford councillor Alastair Ross.
The application was refused following a vote from the members.