Councillors are being recommended to refuse plans for five new houses at Kinharrachie near Ellon.
Despite recognising that the plans from Annie Kenyon Architects have been designed to a high standard, Aberdeenshire Council says the principle of the development cannot be supported.
Members of the Formartine Area Committee had deferred a decision last month to obtain further information on contaminated land and flood risk at the rural site.
They will be told that the information has now been provided and council departments have withdrawn their objections.
Councillors will hear on Tuesday next week that in terms of layout, the existing built pattern near East Kinharrachie Farm has been followed.
In a report to members, the council’s director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer, says the layout has retained the appearance of a traditional court yard at plots 1, 4 and 5 creating a central car parking area.
Planners are satisfied with the overall layout and design of the proposed development and, as such, the development complies with council policy.
Furthermore, as the proposed development replaces an existing cluster of farm buildings, it is considered that this development would not have an adverse impact on the character of the existing landscape.
But policy limits development to up to three units on sites that qualify as redevelopment sites.
Mr Archer says: “In this case, there is no justification to support five houses within this site and the temporary nature of the Dutch barn would preclude it from consideration under Policy R2.
“While the planning service can now remove the original reasons for refusal regarding flooding and contaminated land, addressing these issues and making amendments to the design does not alter the planning services opinion on the principle of development.
“This application continues to be recommended for refusal.”