Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) have voted to refuse the planned Luthermuir roadside service station.
The controversial roadside service station, which features a petrol station and hotel, was provisionally approved by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee last month but had to progress to ISC as the plans were a deviation from the local development plan. You can read our full write-up of the provisional approval here.
Councillors voted 10-2 to reject the current plans, primarily due to safety concerns regarding the proposed junction.
An objector to the proposal even went as far as to say that there would be “blood on the hands of the council” if the application was approved. The objector also stated that his wife used the road 5 days out of 7 and had no wish to see her “under a bus”
Cllr Sandy Wallace and Cllr Colin Pike voted for the proposals, the only Councillors to do so. Cllr George Carr abstained from voting.
Commenting on Facebook after the decision Luther Farm Sevices, the company behind the proposals, said “We are disappointed to say that today at Infrastructure Services Committee the councillors voted to refuse our application.
“We are obviously disappointed at their decision but would like to [thank] the councillors for taking time to discuss our application.
“This is not the news we had hoped for especially after a positive recommendation from councillors at Area Committee last month.
“We will keep you posted on next steps and where we go from here.”
The post can be viewed here