Councillors are to seek clarification over a Travellers’ site in plans to create a business park in a North-east town.
Property agents Knight Frank has tabled plans on behalf of Susan Davidson to develop 18 commercial units and a hotel at Balmacassie in Ellon.
It is understood the Travellers’ site would be earmarked in the business park but if a commercial development came forward looking to occupy the land the Travellers would need to be relocated to another free area.
However, councillors have questioned if the Travellers’ stopover site could disappear if all plots on the business park were filled.
The business park has been earmarked for land to the north of the A948 Ellon to Auchnagatt road.
A previous application for a business park by Knight Frank was recommended for refusal as it did not comply with the local development plan as it had no space allocated for a Travellers’ stopover site.
Turriff and District Councillor Anne Robertson said: “We need clarification on the Travellers’ site and the whole issue regarding where it will go.
“We have been asked for our views by the council but there seems to be different interpretations of the local development plan.”
Mid Formartine councillor Allan Hendry said if the Travellers site could disappear then it was just “lip service”.
Officers had asked councillors to back plans and provide their views so a decision could be made at a later full council.
The proposed Travellers’ site would be run by the council.
In a report to councillors, Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at the local authority, said: “The site will require to be on a ‘rolling programme’ whereby the Gypsy/Traveller Transit site will be located in one area, and if that location is required for the delivery of the commercial development, the Gypsy/Traveller Transit Site will be required to move to an alternative area on site.”
“The movement of the Gypsy/Traveller Transit site within the overall development site would require a new planning application each time.”