Plans rejected

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PLANS to build a permanent travellers site have been rejected following a show of strength by local residents.

The proposed sight would have been set up near Portlethen at Dunnlay Heights, Findon and would have included five full time traveller pitches on the site. The plans were proposed by Alex Stewart who is a member of the travelling community.

More than fifty people were at the site last week to show their opposition to the plans.

Their protest coincided with Aberdeenshire Council’s local review Board’s visit to the site.

The review board were visiting as following a previous rejection of the plans, Mr Stewart appealed to Aberdeenshire Council’s review body, which agreed to review the site before discussing the application.

The plan was rejected prior to this due to a number of objections to the plan including one from Portlethen and District Community Council.

Following their site visit the review body decided to reject the appeal.

Councillor Ian Mollison welcomed this decision.

He said: “This is a good outcome after a worrying time for residents.”

The rejected proposal was submitted to the local authority on Mr Stewart’s behalf by architect and town planning consultant Forbes Rowan-Spencer Marr.

At the time of lodging the plans, the firm claimed the development would: “cause no harm to the community or to the local environment.”

In the plans each of the five pitches had a principle static caravan. There would also have been space for another two caravans one to allow the family to travel and one for visitors.

However in rejecting it Aberdeenshire Council described it as “inappropriate” for the site.

This is not the only travellers site which is in the pipeline for the area.

Concerns have been raised over the identification of land near Stonehaven as a potential site for a stopping site for travellers. The location and further details of the potential site have yet to be released.