North-east housebuilder refused planning permission after council discover unauthorised quarrying

Aberdeenshire Council headquarters at Woodhill House
Aberdeenshire Council headquarters at Woodhill House

Retrospective planning permission for extraction of soil and stone at a north-east business has been refused by councillors.

Neil Murray Housebuilders had submitted the application to Aberdeenshire Council earlier this year for the site at Forglen, near Turriff.

The plans came after an investigation by the council’s planning enforcement team that found out unauthorised quarrying operations were taking place at the site.

It is estimated that around 1,500 tonnes of material has already been extracted from the site.

A motion to approve the application was put forward by Councillor John Cox which was seconded by Councillor Colin Pike.

An amendment to refuse the proposals was proposed by Councillor Robbie Withey and seconded by Councillor Mark Findlater.

The amendment was passed eight votes to six.