Shock as application deferred due to error

Banff and Buchan councillors began discussing planning applications on Tuesday morning as they have done in previous meetings of the area committee, but were forced to defer the first application of day following a revelation that a page had disappeared from the report to councillors.

Item 7A, which sought full planning permission for the erection of a replacement dwellinghouse and conservation area consent for the demolition of a ruinous dwellinghouse at Sandend Village, was abruptly deferred as Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait questioned where the second part of a public representation had gone.

Councillor Michael Roy had originally moved to object to the proposal, saying that he was “fully sympathetic” to the objectors and believed that the build would disturb the neighbouring properties visually.

Councillor Mark Findlater agreed, on the grounds of a negative visual impact.

Councillor Tait, however, in reading through the report commented that he believed voting on the application would be wrong, given that a page was missing from the report.

Instead, the Fraserburgh and district councillor suggested that the application be deferred until the report could be brought forward completely.

The councillor found support in the suggestion, and the application was deferred.

Planners had recommended that the build and demolition be granted, subject to conditions.

These included that the work begun on or before the three-year expiration date.

“The proposed development fully accords with the relevant strategy and objectives of the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan 2009 and policies of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2012,” the report read.