Trav­ellers must move on from site af­ter min­is­ters refuse per­mis­sion

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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.”

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