Final chance for protesters and developers to air views on controversial North-east quarry plans

Stephen Archer
Stephen Archer

Campaigners battling a controversial quarry development will be given one last chance to make their case to councillors.

The mineral extraction site at Muirtack, which is five miles from Ellon, has been earmarked for approval by planning bosses.

This is despite 84 objections over issues with dust, noise and traffic.

Last month the Formartine area committee raised their own fears over the development and said they were worried about the impact on neighbouring properties.

A final decision will be made by the Buchan area committee and councillors will hear from activists opposed to it as well as representations from the Chap Group, the firm behind the proposed sand and gravel quarry.

Scott Bartlett will voice his opposition to the development during next week’s meeting in Peterhead. A report by Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure boss Stephen Archer said the quarry would operate for between eight and 15 years.

The report said: “On balance, given the supporting information and comments from technical consultees, it is considered that the surrounding properties would retain a reasonable degree of amenity.”

The Buchan area committee will meet on Tuesday.