Published: 23/02/2014 09:00 - Updated: 21/02/2014 12:03

Portgordon boatyard plan to go to council

PLANS for a boatyard in a Moray coastal village are set to go before councillors next week.

And planning officials are recommending refusal of the plan by international rower Gemma Campbell as the development would not be sensitively sited close to the boundary of Portgordon.

They insist the boatyard and slipway would be detrimental to the coastal landscape and the boatyard, sited on the headland to the north of the village, would be a visually prominent feature and fail to integrate into the surrounding landscape.

Miss Campbell also has a plan to create a cafe close to the former Icehouse in the village but at the time of going to press it was not clear what officials are recommending with regard this development.

The original proposals included plans for an array of solar panels on the headland, however, they were dropped following strong opposition.

The development has dividied opinion in the village with many people supporting the development as good for the village, but others insisting it will detract from the amenity of the community.

It is understood councillors are to make a site visit to the area on Monday ahead of the planning meeting on Tuesday.

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