For the third time, plans to build glamping pods near a Howwood hotel were thrown out, a report said.
After having its plans rejected twice last year, the Manorview Group attempted to push its proposals again. However, councilors decided to reject the application by eleven votes to three.
According to the report, after similar proposals being rejected by the planning board of the city and appealed by the Scottish Government last year, the Manorview Group applied for 10 lodges to be built next to Bowfield Hotel & Country Club.
The company made changes to the proposal in the hope that it would change the minds of the elected members. Officers had already recommended that the plans be approved.
The board met again on Tuesday and the Bowfield Road application was rejected by eleven votes to three.
Emma Rodden, the village councilor, stated that she is still not convinced that the roads and sewage system surrounding the village can handle the situation and said residents will suffer from noise problems, the report stated.
“While all of us can see the benefits of tourism, it would be far more difficult to do it at this location than it is intended to solve,” Rodden added.
Howwood Community Council raised concerns about the effects of the structures on the landscape. The Scottish Government reporter, however, deemed the visual impacts of the development unacceptable due to its proximity to other properties, the report said.
Manorview Group proposed that the pods be placed 160m south of the nearest residential property, and they are housed closer to the hotel.
Although the community council did not object to the application, the board was not able to change the outcome, the report concluded.