An appeal to create homes on the site of a derelict petrol station has been turned down.
Councillors twice rejected the proposals – most recently in April – to replace Craighall filling station, on Ellon’s South Road, with two blocks of flats.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine area committee unanimously refused to grant planning permission to the scheme, lodged by Regency Oils Ltd, after raising concerns about its scale and impact.
It came despite local authority planners recommending approval of the development.
But the developer took its case to the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals.
Now the appeal has been rejected by the government, which claims the development would look “out of place” on arrival into Ellon.
A letter by Karen Heywood, of the Scottish Government, said: “I do not agree with the appellant’s assertion that the proposed development would reflect the existing settlement pattern in this part of Ellon, complementing and integrating with it.
“I hold the opposite opinion and consider that the proposed building would look particularly out of place as the site is very close to the southern edge of the town.
“Urban development at this southern edge of the settlement tends to be low density and low in height.
“The higher buildings and more densely developed areas of the town are located closer to the town centre.”
Formartine area committee chairman Rob Merson said the decision was the correct one.
He said: “I am delighted that the reporter has supported my own view that the proposal was an overdevelopment of the site, and would have created an overbearing impact which was completely out of context in that streetscape.”
Regency Oils was contacted for comment.