Travellers must move on from site after ministers refuse permission
SCOTTISH ministers have refused planning permission for an unauthorised Travellers’ site. Travellers have now been given until July next year to get off the site at North Esk Park in St Cyrus after ministers agreed with Scottish Governmentappointed reporter
Rob Huntley’s conclusions.
The site on the border of Aberdeenshire and Angus sprung up on farmland close to the River North Esk almost exactly four years ago, triggering opposition from local residents and leading to a lengthy planning battle. In April last year, Aberdeenshire councillors eventually voted to give the development retrospective planning permission, but the decision was called in by the Scottish Government.
The reporter said the development “conflicts with national policy on flooding”, and the Travellers’ final chance of remaining at North Esk Park rests in an appeal to the Court of Session, which must be made within six weeks. Locals have hailed the decision as “a victory for common sense”. The reporter said: “I conclude that the application development gives rise to substantial risk to life and property on account of the propensity of the site to flood.”