Published: 21/03/2014 12:58 - Updated: 21/03/2014 16:34

Green light given to Portgordon cafe and boatyard

People show their support for the development at Portgordon
People show their support for the development at Portgordon

PLANS for a cafe next to an historic ice house and a boatyard close to a village harbour have been given the go ahead.

Councillors at a special meeting of the planning and regulatory service committee unanimously agreed to the proposals for the bistro beside the B listed building to the rear of Gordon Street in Portgordon.

They later also approved her plan to re-establish a boatyard and slipway.

The applications for outline planning permission put forward by international rower Gemma Campbell have divided opinion in the costal community.

Representations received by Moray Council on the development were fairly evenly split between those in favour and those against.

Those on both sides had the opportunity to speak at a pubic hearing held in the local authority’s chamber on Friday morning and a separate hearing in the afternoon.

Nick Brown of NB Planning and Architecture, representing the applicant, said the proposal would be a tourist attraction that would allow access to the ice house as well as giving people the opportunity to visit the cafe and look out over the Moray Firth.

He said the boatyard would bring international rowers and their families to the Moray area.

Representatives from Portgordon Development group and Lennox Community Council also spoke in favour of the plan.

Objectors at the hearing Paul Holway and James MacKenzie raised concerns that the development could impact on water pressure to neighbouring properties, increased traffic in the area, cause parking issues and could be detrimental to Speyside Way that runs along close to the site.

Officers had recommend approval of the cafe application subject to a list of 19 conditions.

However, they had recommended refusal of the boatyard plan as it was within Moray's Coastal Protection Zone.

See next week’s Northern Scot newspaper for full reports on both hearing.

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