South Scotland

Portpatrick marina complex refusal overturned

Portpatrick Harbour - Undiscovered Scotland
Image caption Councillors had rejected the plans for a marina development at Portpatrick Harbour

The Scottish government has ruled that plans for a marina complex in south west Scotland can proceed.

Councillors rejected the proposals for Portpatrick Harbour earlier this year due to concerns over its impact on a conservation area.

However, a reporter to Scottish ministers has now overturned that decision.

The plans include the installation of pontoons, building a harbour office, flats, a bar and restaurant.

The revised proposals had been recommended for approval by Dumfries and Galloway Council but it refused the application in May this year.

Developers Portpatrick Harbour Ltd appealed against that decision and that move has been successful.

The local community council and the Portpatrick Trust opposed the project, insisting it was out of character with the area.

A Scottish government reporter said he found the scheme met with the "spirit" of the development plan for the site "if not with every letter".

He granted approval for the marina complex with a number of conditions attached.

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