Boddam traveller site goes before committee

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A controversial planning application to turn a vacant lot in Boddam into a travellers site will go before the Buchan area committee next week.

Six objections have been raised against the proposed site at Springhill Cottages in Boddam which also forms part of a Local Nature Conservation Site.

The part retrospective application, which is recommended for approval by the council’s Infrastructure Services, would see the site used accommodate four caravans, a toilet block and car parking.

Mark Davidson, a resident of Springfield Cottages who objected to the application, said it would “massively detract” from the character of the surrounding sites”.

He said: “There are currently 6 caravans, 2 lorry’s and countless cars which are causing a considerable increase in noise to what was previously a very quiet rural residential area.”

Mt Davidson also remarks in his objection that he believes there is a business being run from the site bringing, “constant comings and goings from early in the morning till well after dark.”

Mr and Mrs Calder also of Springfield Cottages objected to the application on a number of grounds including the sites location within the conservation site.

The proposed lot forms part of the Skelmuir, Stirling and Dudwick Hills and Den of Boddam Local Nature Conservation Site, a glacial meltwater channel rich in flints.

Development is possible on these sites providing the public benefit of the development outweighs the site’s conservation value and any damage can be mitigated.

The Infrastructure Services believes that the size of the development will not have an impact in the protected land.

There were also concerns raised about the influx in traffic four caravans would bring to the road accessing the property.

In 2014 planning permission to erect a house on the site was rejected.