Retrospective plans for a controversial traveller site at St Cyrus have been recommended for refusal.
Two new proposals to approve a change of use from farmland to a caravan park with associated amenities on land close to Eskview Farm have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.
North Esk Investments seek to formalise the current encampment of caravans and facilities, which first appeared on the site close to the River North Esk in 2013.
The two applications seek permission for one nine-stance caravan park and one 10-stance private, permanent caravan park.
In 2016, Aberdeenshire Councillors voted in favour of granting retrospective permission for the creation of an official halting site in the area.
But the application was called in by the Scottish Government after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) objected.
It revealed the site had flooded in 2002, 2012, 2013 and 2015 and ministers subsequently overturned the permission.
Since then, Aberdeenshire Council has been in continued discussions with the community, which currently is home to 51 people, including 29 children.
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The new proposals, which will go before Kincardine and Mearns councillors next week, have been altered from previous applications in an effort to address concerns raised over flooding, landscape impact and drainage.
Although planners took the needs of the travelling community into account and noted the changes made since previous applications, they ultimately recommended councillors refuse the motion.
The key reasons cited were concerns over flooding, the authority’s planning policies for coastal developments and proposals for sewage to be discharged into the River North Esk.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “There is clearly a long and complex planning history relating to this site and the council has to consider these applications on the basis of material changes to the proposed development.
“As with all planning applications, they will be determined on their own merits, taking planning policy, technical advice from consultees and representations into account, as set out in the report.
“The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee is being asked for its views on these applications initially, prior to a final decision by members of the full council, taking those views and the recommendations of planning officers into account.”
A report from the developers said: “The development was established by the applicants as a direct response to an identified need for a caravan site for gypsy/travellers in Aberdeenshire.
“There are no other suitable alternative sites in the Kincardine and Mearns area and the council accepts that there is an unmet need.
“Refusal of the planning application would result in the lack of facilities for touring gypsy/travellers in circumstances where there are no suitable alternative sites and, as a consequence, increase unauthorised encampments.”