Councillors
approve house plans at Rathen

Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

An application to build a new property at Rathen has been approved by members of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee.

Full planning permission was sought for the building of a house adjacent to Hill Of Forest House, Rathen.

The application was made by Mr and Mrs George Moir on behalf of agents Claymore Homes Ltd.

In total, there were five consultations, including from Aberdeenshire’s Corporate Services department and Infrastructure Services departments. There were also consultations from SEPA and Scottish Natural Heritage, neither of whom objected to the application.

There was one valid representation from the public which was an objection to the application.

All four Fraserburgh and District councillors wished the application to be referred to Area Committee for further consideration.

The house proposed is described in a planning report from Aberdeenshire Council as a relatively large one-and-a-half storey property of contemporary design with an integral garage.

The application was found not to comply with Development Plans and planners recommeded the application by refused.

The proposal was found to be contrary to Policy 3: Development in the Countryside, and SG Rural Development 1: Housing and Business Development in the Countryside.

The proposed development was also found to be contrary to Policy 8: Layout, Siting and Design of New Development.

Despite this, however, members of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee voted unanimously to approve the application, with no councillor requesting a site visit. The motion was proposed by Councillor Michael Watt and seconded by Councillor Charles Buchan.

Commenting, Councillor Brian Topping said: “I was more than happy to support the application.

“The application ticked most of the right boxes and the planners were sympathetic to most of the application.

“But it was backed unanimously and has now been approved.”

Councillor Charles Buchan said: “It was recommended for refusal by the planners but Michael Watt and I thought that there was merit in it so the committee backed it.

“It was about 400m south of Rathen which still makes it part of what is called the organic growth area of Rathen.”