A Scottish Government reporter has rejected an appeal which could have led to as many as 50 new homes being built in a tiny north-east village.
Property agent Knight Frank wanted to develop a plot to the north-west of Cairnbulg, but the plans were turned down by councillors on Aberdeenshire’s Banff and Buchan area committee in January mid fears the scheme would ruin the character of the village and pose safety risks to pedestrians.
The Aberdeen-based firm asked the Scottish Govenment to overturn the decision, but its reporter has also ruled the proposal is not appropriate for the site.
In his findings, Trevor Croft said children would be put at risk if the project was allowed to proceed.
He was particularly concerned that the only access to the new houses would have been through the village’s William Street, a narrow road which is often congested due to parked vehicles.
“This situation is potentially dangerous, especially for younger children who may be tempted to run into the street without warning, for example if chasing a ball,” Mr Croft said.
“I do not consider the proposed access can in any way be considered to be appropriate to accommodate the likely increase in traffic.
“I believe, in the words of the councillors, that it would raise serious road safety issues for pedestrians. In addition it could create difficult and potentially hazardous situations for drivers manoeuvring in the narrow streets.”
Last night, Gary Purves, who spoke on behalf of Knight Frank at the area committee, was not available to comment.