Second bid made for Turriff holiday camp

The camp site offered views of the Deveron Valley.

A renewed attempt to create a holiday camp in the north-east is likely to be blocked once more.

Turriff woman Marianne Shand launched a bid to create a seven yurt and three wigwam campsite at Silverstripe in 2016 but was ultimately denied by the local authority over safety fears.

The development, which had ambitions of parking 26 vehicles, was thrown out by Aberdeenshire Council because it was to use a narrow private road deemed unfit to serve additional traffic.

The Scottish Government also rejected the application following a 2017 appeal.

Despite those defeats, the project is scheduled to go back before the Banff and Buchan area committee next week.

Amendments have been made to the proposal, which include reducing the number of yurts to five and dropping proposals for wigwams and restricting parking provision to just five bays.

Nonetheless, planners have advised councillors to reject the application for a second time.

Local land owner David Stephen has also asked for the project to be refused, as has the town’s community council.

In a letter of objection, Mr Smith wrote that the private road which would be used for campers remained “unsuitable for extra traffic”.

“I feel there will be a great loss of amenity to my neighbours and I,” he added.

The community council, meanwhile, said it was supportive of new businesses but that the benefits of this camp would not outweigh safety risks.

Councillors will make a decision on the scheme on Tuesday.