Appeal lodged against refusal of homes plan

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AN appeal has been lodged against the refusal of plans for a new community in Aberdeenshire.

Councillors rejected the bid by Bancon homes for planning permission in principle for 70 houses near Lairhillock school in Netherley earlier this year.

The plan, which also included five commercial units and a children’s nursery, was rejected by Kincardine and Mearns area committee.

It was then presented to the full Council and was once again rejected.

There were a number of objections to the plans, including one from North Kincardineshire Community Council who had concerns about the possibility of an increase in traffic in the area, the impact on the landscape and the local schools ability to cope with an increase in pupils.

At the time, Bancon argued that Lairhillock was designed to cope with an increase in pupils and also said that villages in the area lacked basic services.

The Banchory based company, Bancon have lodged an appeal with Scottish ministers.