Plans to turn a former North-east piggery into a holiday park have been given the go-ahead.
Monarch Leisure and Park Homes applied to Aberdeenshire Council for permission to change the use of the former piggery at Dowrieburn, Laurencekirk, into a holiday park, including 49 chalets.
Of these, two chalets would be used as retail units, one as an office/reception and one for a bistro.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee voted 10 to four in favour of approving the application when they met yesterday.
Planners told councillors the approval would be a “significant departure” from their Local Development Plan. But they also said the plans would have “potential economic and tourism benefits” and also offers the remediation of an “unsightly brownfield site” in a “controlled and managed way”.
The application was approved with a series of planning conditions, including that the chalets should be used solely as temporary holiday letting accommodation and for no other purposes whatsoever.
However, members from Mearns Community Council told the committee there had been “instances” in the past where planning conditions have been made but “no follow up or monitoring had been carried out”.