Developer Loses Care Home Appeal

By Jane Cruickshank / March 21, 2022
gas works site with fencing

A reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers has refused an appeal for planning permission for a care home near Stonehaven’s harbour, saying ”it would not be the right development in the right place.”

Scape Homes were appealing a decision by Aberdeenshire Council to refuse planning permission for a 57-bed care home with associated infrastructure, car parking and landscaping on land at Cowgate.

Last May, the members of Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee unanimously threw out their plans for a care home, which one said would sit amongst streets, ‘designed for the horse and cart’.

That decision followed a lengthy presentation and discussion, where members of the roads department described the difficulties of access presented to service vehicles by parked cars in the narrow streets surrounding the site.

And it would appear Katrina Rice, the reporter, shared these concerns. In her appeal decision notice, Ms Rice indicates she visited the site on a bin day.

She states: ”The refuse vehicle had to travel slowly in order to manoeuvre along the narrow streets, bends and parked vehicles and had to reverse on several occasions.”

And Ms Rice also cites the impact the three and four-storey building would have on its setting within a conservation area.

She states: ” The current balance between traditional and contemporary architecture in this part of the conservation area would be adversely disrupted. Its historic character would be unacceptably weakened as a result.”

The full decision notice is available online.

Previously in The Bellman