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Villagers speak out in support of new development

Villagers speak out in support of new development

A controversial bid has been made to build on land used for decades by villagers as a drying area for washed clothes.

An application has been lodged with Moray Council to build nine new homes in Portgordon.

In August, landowner Gemma Campbell, who lives in Stoke, withdrew her original bid to build nine homes along the shoreline.

Ms Campbell is now seeking permission for the nine new homes to be sited further inland. However, the fresh proposals have also attracted criticism.

Ms Campbell speaking about the development said: “With regards to the housing schemes submitted, I have worked hard to try and accommodate local opinions on the aesthetic and positioning on the site.

“The site outlined falls within the local development plan and it would be good to see the foreshore area and this particular road tidied up.

“The overall intention is to breathe new life into the village with new investment and regeneration of the foreshore and harbour area of Portgordon and that is what I am working towards.”

Villager Maureen Burrows said: “It’s disappointing to see that they are still looking for something that would scupper the plans of a development that will bring so much to the village.

“Most of the residents have gardens where they can dry their clothes.

“The rest of the village don’t feel it’s necessary to dry our clothes in view of the public.

“When all this is being spoken about they seem to overlook the fact that these lines are on Gemma’s land.

“Gemma Campbell has bent over backwards to accommodate them, another developer would perhaps not be as accommodating.”

In March, Ms Campbell had plans passed by Moray Council to build a boatyard and cafe in the village. Ms Campbell is involved in the training of open water rowers and the construction of their equipment.

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