Travellers’ site at Findon refused

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PLANS to set aside a permanent site for travellers’ camps at Findon have been rejected following widespread opposition from local residents, writes Rachel Campbell.

Nearly 300 representations were submitted about the scheme, which would have seen a campsite created on disused farmland.

Applicant Alext Stewart, who describes himself as a “gypsy traveller”, wanted to create five pitches on agricultural land at Dunnlay Heights, with each pitch able to accommodate a “principal” static caravan, as well as space for two other caravans.

Utility buildings, a toilet and laundry facilities were also included in the plans.

Aberdeenshire Council rejected the plans, citing “inappropriate development”. The local authority said “that by virtue of the proposal’s scale, location and design it would detract from the quality and character of the landscape in a sensitive rural location.”

Portlethen and District Community Council were among the objectors to the plans, citing the rejection of previous proposals for the site, which included houses and a garden centre.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said: “The application was rejected because it did not comply with the guidelines set out by Aberdeenshire Council.

“When this was initially discussed at the Portlethen and District Community Council more than 100 people came, and there was a strong feeling of opposition.

“I would imagine that a large number of people will welcome that outcome, but as with all planning applications I am sure that there will be some who are not happy.”