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Councillors have agreed to make a site visit before taking a final decision on planning permission for the erection of two houses at Keplahill Steading, Mintlaw.

The decision was made at a recent meeting of Buchan Area Committee, despite Aberdeenshire Council planning officers recommending that permission be refused.

The application for planning permission in principle was submitted by A and P Davidson of Auchtydonald Farm, Mintlaw, on behalf of agents Baxter Design Ltd of Old Deer.

The proposal received no public representations in favour or against the development, but consultations were made by a number of agencies, including Aberdeenshire Council Corporate Services, several Infrastructure Services departments, Scottish Water and SEPA.

Speaking at the meeting, Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram said he was supportive of the redevelopment of brownfield sites in principle, adding that many such sites are “crying out for development or re-development”.

Fellow Central Buchan councillor Norman Smith said he agreed with his colleague, Jim Ingram, and voiced his support for the proposal.

However, committee chairman Councillor Stuart Pratt expressed opposition to the development, saying he could not see how it would fit in with existing council planning policies.

In a unanimous decision, members of the Buchan Area Committee agreed to undertake a site visit at Keplahill before making a final decision on the development.