Controversial plans to restore a historic piece of Moray’s fishing heritage as part of tourist accommodation have been rejected.
The Millie Bothy is now a ruin dating from the 19th Century near the sands of Roseisle Beach.
However, the Urquhart family, whose ancestors fished from the shack, had drawn up plans to restore the structure as an office and gallery with 10 self-catering holiday huts alongside it.
Yesterday, the proposals were unanimously rejected by Moray Council’s planning committee amid concerns they would damage the “unspoilt dune area”.
Planners received 411 objections from members of the public pleading for the land near the popular beach to be left as it is.
But 19 letters of support were also submitted – including from Visit Scotland and Moray Speyside Tourism.
In a report, planning officer Emma Mitchell said: “The existing dune area and grassland contributes to character and appearance of this wider area of unspoilt coastline.”