Approval for Portgordon icehouse development

An application to build a coffee shop, wellbeing centre and manager’s flat as part of the development of Portgordon ice house was today given the go-ahead by planners.

The proposal, which was recommended for refusal by planning officers, received 48 letters of support and seven objections.

The applicant and supporters addressed a special hearing of Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services committee.

Following the submissions Cllr Marc Macrae proposed a motion to approve the application, seconded by Cllr David Bremner. Chair of the committee, Cllr Claire Feaver, proposed the application be refused and was seconded by Cllr Amy Patience.

Cllr Macrae’s motion was carried seven votes to three. Voting for approval were Councillors Macrae, Bremner, Divers, Eagle, Edwards, Laing and Wilson. Cllr Donald Gatt joined Cllrs Patience and Feaver in upholding the officer’s recommendation to refuse.