Council reject traveller site

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Aberdeenshire councillors yesterday unanimously rejected a retrospective planning application to pitch a traveller site in Boddam.

The retrospective application for four caravans on the site at Springhill Cottages in Boddam was rejected at an Aberdeenshire Council meeting yesterday - despite a recommendation for approval by planning officials.

The Aberdeenshire councillors vetoed the application in thinking with their Buchan Area Committee colleagues who last week raised a number of concerns regarding the proposal.

Stephen Smith, Councillor for Peterhead South and Cruden, raised a motion to refuse the application, expressing concern at the proximity of the site to neighbouring property.

He also highlighted evidence that showed the site was being used for more than the four caravans covered in the application.

Fellow Peterhead South and Cruden Councillor Tom Malone seconded the motion, stating that neighbours objections had not been adequately addressed.

Speaking on behalf of the neighbours Ryan Urqhart and Irvine Hay raised a number of objections to the proposal.

They explained to councillors a range of issues affecting the suitability of the site and the lack of information in the application.

They said there was no permission given to use the public water supply and there was a lack of information on drainage and expressed safety concerns regarding the narrow access road to the site.

The council’s decision now means that the resident travellers on the site face eviction.