A RARE bee could help thwart plans to build nearly 200 homes in part of the Cairngorms National Park. Once thought to be extinct in Scotland, the rare mining bee Andrena marginata may force developers to go back to the drawing board
Fife-based company Muir Homes has earmarked a site in Grantown on Spey for 193 houses in a phased development over the next seven years. It includes an area known as The Mossie, regarded locally as a “paradise” for wildlife, and local conservationists have photographed a mining bee, known as Andrena marginata, at the location.
Until a few years ago, it was feared the insect was extinct in Scotland and is listed as endangered in seven European countries. Campaigners believe its presence can help stop the development going ahead when added to other concerns about the site.
The firm has reduced the proposals from 228 houses to 193, including 49 affordable homes. It also said it would contribute to roadworks, public transport and maintenance.
Although the majority of the land is zoned for housing, the national park authority (CNPA) will be asked today by planning officials to refuse permission.
Update, Plan rejected: “Major plan for houses to be built on habitat of rare bee rejected”