Revised plans to transform a rundown filling station on the outskirts of Ellon have run into opposition.
The town’s community council say they are “not convinced” by the proposals for flats at the disused Craighall site in South Road.
Whilst this application is an improvement on the last one it still falls short of our expectations
The empty petrol station has been labelled an eyesore but Formartine Area Committee rejected plans for 16 flats last September.
Councillors heard objections from local councillors, residents and the community council. Planners had recommended approval subject to various conditions.
Owners Regency Oils recently tabled fresh proposals for the site with Aberdeenshire Council.
But community leaders, who have been seeking feedback from local people, claim they still fall short of expectations.
In its response to Aberdeenshire Council, the council says: “Ellon Community Council are not convinced that the provision of 16 budget flats that lack character or innovative design are appropriate for the first buildings that visitors will see when they enter the town.
“Some members consider 16 flats excessive for the site and we note that additional parking spaces have already been requested by a statutory consultee.
“We also note and agree with some residents of St Mary’s that they will be adversely impacted by the development. We are also aware of the concerns that residents of Craighall have regarding the extensive excavation of the rock.”
The community council agree the site is suitable for housing and for retail development.
Their submission to Aberdeenshire Council continues: “As we have done on previous occasions we would encourage the developer to consider a more appropriate, iconic design for the site, potentially incorporating rather than excavating the rock structure. “Whilst this application is an improvement on the last one it still falls short of our expectations. The creative frontage is uninteresting, looks low budget and is not in keeping with the surrounding properties.”
One of the main criticisms of the previous plan was that it was an over development and not suitable as a gateway to the town.
The South Road site has lain empty since 2011.