Aberdeenshire planners back Traveller camp despite petition

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A traveller camp on the outskirts of a North-east community has been backed by council planners despite public outcry.

More than 250 people signed a petition to block the redevelopment of Boyndie’s former council depot into a 15-pitch stopover site in the summer.

But Aberdeenshire planners will this week urge the Banff and Buchan area committee to push on with the project.

Planning permission is being sought by Banff architecture firm Mantell Ritchie on behalf of Boyndie Depot Developments.

Agent Michael Ritchie has declined to comment on the future of the proposal, but more than 40 people have lodged official objections with the council.

Complaints range from safety concerns for people living within the site, which is adjacent to a busy country road and the impact it may have on tourism.

Council planners have recommended it for approval because of the demand for such stopover areas in Aberdeenshire.

The site at Boyndie would become just the second stopover site in the region.

A plan to create one near New Deer, at Aikey Brae, was approved earlier this year.