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Petition over Westhill couple 'living in a trench'

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Image caption Aberdeenshire Council said "unauthorised" work had stopped

Community leaders in an Aberdeenshire town have launched a petition in support of a couple who claim building work next to their farmhouse has left them living in a trench.

Fraser and Morag Beaton live on the outskirts of Westhill and say large earth mounds left by developers have affected their quality of life.

Westhill And Elrick Community Council has now launched a petition.

Aberdeenshire Council said work had stopped.

'Took a stand'

Mrs Beaton told BBC Scotland: "We feel boxed in. It has not been pleasant."

Mervyn Barr, chairman of the Westhill and Elrick Community Council, said: "It's time we took a stand."

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council said: "Following instruction from the council, unauthorised works have stopped on the site.

"Some initial works have already been done to reduce the mounding on the site.

"Negotiations are on-going between the council and the developer of the site in respect of the current planning application."

'Full permission'

A spokesperson for developers Knight Property Group said: "Knight Property Group took possession of the Westhill site, with temporary topsoil bunds already in place, earlier this year.

"Following a request from the local authority, we carried out work to reduce the size of the bunds. The bunds will continue to reduce in size as development of the site progresses.

"Full planning permission is in place for all work which we have carried out on the site to date; to our knowledge, no unauthorised work has been carried out by or on behalf of Knight Property Group.

"We can confirm that we are in negotiations with Aberdeenshire Council regarding a planning application for further development of the site.

"No work can be nor will be carried out on that part of the development until such time as planning authorisation is granted."

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