Development Control Casebook: Community Facilities - Boat sculpture allowed in harbour garden

A galvanised steel sculpture of a fishing boat has been allowed in an Aberdeenshire harbour garden after a reporter decided that the object would fit in with its maritime character.

The garden occupied a prominent corner site in an industrial part of the town near the harbour. The development would comprise a 2.55m-high galvanised steel sculpture of a fishing boat on top of a mesh supporting structure symbolising a net, a black-painted anchor rising about 1.2m set on a slant and an information board.

The reporter observed that the garden had been attractively laid out in rather unpromising surroundings, with a compass rose marked out in the paving. While recognising that the sculpture was different in character from a listed stone memorial fountain in the garden, he considered that it would introduce a strong vertical element and give a more balanced appearance. He allowed the proposal subject to omission of the anchor, which he thought would clutter the end of the garden.

DCS Number 100-069-641

Reporter Michael Cunliffe; Written representations

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