Proposals to develop an eco-friendly camping and ‘glamping’ site near Kirkbuddo have drawn objections from neighbours concerned about its potential impact on the area.
If approved by Angus Council, the five-acre site at Greenhillock would accommodate between 25 and 30 grass camping pitches and a further five to eight pitches featuring furnished bell tents and external decking.
It would also provide parking, without using hardstanding or tarmac, for those using the site.
In their case to planners, owners Bryan and Annie Williams said they have conserved the area over the last 20 years to create a thriving habitat for flora and fauna and opening to the public fulfills a long-held ambition to provide visitors with a chance to learn about wildlife, habitat and sustainability.
They also said the maximum number of overnight guests is not expected to exceed 150 at any one time and that additional facilities would include a small farm shop, a “BBQ shack” and a three-metre square indoor learning pod. This would feature a flat roof that could be used as a raised platform for bird watching and star gazing.
Toilet facilities would be water-free and, once full, collection bins would be stored for at least 24 months to allow the material to break down before it is used as organic fertiliser.
But these facilities are one of the factors to which neighbours have objected, as well as potential visual impact on the area and road safety.
Ian Wallace and Tracey Elder said that the proposed development would have a “serious impact” on their standard of living.
They said: “It is noted that ‘hutties’ are to be used for toilets. Currently these hutties can be clearly viewed from my property and while it is in the distance, the doors etc can be made out and I have children playing in my garden/paddock and do not wish them to be able to see this type of activity.
“It gives concern that it is proposed to keep up to almost two tons of human wasted (stored for 24 months) on site and ask how this will be controlled and monitored by the environmental health department.”
Robert Lumgair, owner of nearby Tulloes Wood, also expressed worries over the wider safety aspects of the campsite particularly relating to potential damage caused by open fires and a risk to children.
He said:“There is a large irrigation pond in the wood and three duck ponds which could be a great attraction especially to children, who could quickly get into difficulties.
“There are also three professional shooters who have permission to shoot all year round in the wood and although we have a sign on the main gate warning of this there is also a side gate which recently after twenty five years of being kept closed is now being used by people in the Greenhillock area, and I will take no responsibility for any accident or health and safety issues which arise in Tulloes Wood.”
Other residents are concerned about an increase of traffic on the B9127 Douglastown to Arbroath road, off which the site would be accessed.
Angus Council’s roads department, however, has raised no objection to the proposal on the condition that passing places are provided on the access track.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has also raised no objection to the scheme.