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Plan for new flats in Macduff falls foul of planners


By David Porter

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Plans to create 15 new residential flats in a north east town have been refused.

An application had been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council seeking planning permission for the development at Macduff.

The proposal also asked for permission to demolish buildings at Market Street and Skene Street to make way for the flats.

The new L-shaped building was designed to have four storeys containing nine two-bedroom flats and six one-bedroom flats.

Plans also stated that the development site would have 15 car parking spaces, a bicycle storage area and bin store for residents.

The proposed site was given planning permission for 12 residential flats back in January 2019 however no work has been carried out on the site since.

The application received three objections raising concerns on matters including overlooking, inadequate parking facilities and the development being “out of scale” for the site.

Council planners stated that the development would “erode” the character of the surrounding area and “unnecessarily” increase the density in the area.

They added that the height of the proposed building would be “likely to have a significant negative impact” on the amenity of nearby residents.

Planners refused the application as they said it did not comply with policy.


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