Station Road house knocked back

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PROPOSALS which would have seen a new house built beside the BP Petrol Station on Station Road were knocked back by councillors on Tuesday, after a hotly contested debate at Formartine Area Committee.

The vote came following a site visit prior to the meeting, which saw local members visit the irregularly shaped area of land between Ythanvale Care Home and the petrol station.

Planners had recommended the development for refusal, over concerns that noise levels from the garage would give rise to noise complaints from the property in future. The applicant, who had worked at the site for the better part of half a century, had already made modifications to the plans to cope with the proximity of an operating business.

Councillor Rob Merson said that, given the restricted nature of the site, and the familiarity of the applicant with the noise levels emanating from the petrol station, he was minded to support the proposal.

“This design is an interesting response to a challenging shaped site,” he said. “The design itself is attractive, and a considerable improvement on what went before.”

He was seconded by Cllr Jim Gifford, who said: “It’s a clever design, and I really can’t think of anything better that could go on this site.”

However, other members of the committee rejected the proposals, saying that they would be the subject of noise complaints in the future, and that the building would dominate those around it.

Cllr Isobel Davidson said: “I would love to see something on this site, so it really is a Catch-22 situation. With regret, I will have to go with the officer’s recommendation.”

Cllr John Loveday added his vote to the planners’ motion to refuse permission, stating that he had major concerns regarding the way the proposed house would dominate the nearby Ythanvale care home.