Raging tourists have again railed against controversial plans to build holiday lodges near Culzean Castle.
Blueprints have resurfaced for Croy Beach after being withdrawn in November last year after proving deeply unpopular with locals and tourists as far as the United States.
But plans have been resubmitted for the Ayrshire beauty spot and have proved to be just as universally loathed with more than 50 objections raised within a few days.
The applicant wants to build nine lodges at the site, which is currently used as agricultural land and as part of a rural diversification scheme.
One objector from a town near Plymouth, more than 450 miles away, wrote: “As a regular visitor to a next door property I object on the grounds that the proposed development is completely out of character with and would therefore spoil this beautiful area.”
Another person from just outside London said: “With crippling food prices, how can we even be considering farmland to be converted into anything other than what we need it for?
“Additionally it is absolutely imperative for flora and fauna that this area, and specifically this piece of land remain in its natural state.”
And one woman from Gloucester concluded: “As a frequent visitor I object to the proposed planning. I believe it will adversely affect the beautiful landscape and interfere with the stunning natural habitats.”
An extract from a supporting statement says that the family that owns the site have actively farmed there for several generations and have stated that because of the changes to farming that a small pocket of their land has become financially unviable.
The statement reads: “The applicant is looking to develop an area of land for the purpose of short term holiday lodges.
“The land lies on Castlehill Farm, which is near Croy shore, South of Ayr. Castlehill is a coastal mixed arable farm, accessed from the A719.
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“The family has actively farmed Castlehill for several generations. The constant evolution in farming with increasing levels of mechanization and intensity means that the demands on a modern farm require a level of diversification to support and underpin the existing farming operations.
“It is for this reason that the applicant is looking to undertake rural diversification of a small pocket of agricultural farmland that is becoming financially unviable due to the demands of modern agricultural practices.”
No decision has been made on the application for planning permission but the current state of the bid reads as “insufficient fee” on South Ayrshire Council’s website.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.