“This will not be a camp site of any kind,” says static caravan owner

© DC ThomsonThomas McPhee says he wants to build dwelling houses on the site, not a camp site.
Thomas McPhee says he wants to build dwelling houses on the site, not a camp site.

The owner of two static caravans controversially sited in Tealing has insisted he has no intention of creating a camp site.

The Courier told on Thursday how Angus Council had launched an investigation into the homes parked near Balnuith Farm after complaints were received.

Planning officers from the authority visited the site after issuing prohibition notices and noted “ground work” had been carried out.

Tealing Community Council chair Sandra Burke, too, revealed concerns had been raised by local residents over the appearance of the homes.

Some locals feared the homes may be the beginning of a new camp site.

However, Thomas McPhee, 25, who is hoping to buy the land in question and build two dwelling homes, says locals have “the wrong end of the stick”.

Mr McPhee is adamant that no camp site of any kind will be created on the land and that he has already submitted a pre-planning application to Angus Council for the creation of two dwelling houses.

The 25-year-old apologised for any stress caused to residents, but insisted he simply wants to purchase the land in order to build homes for his family.

Mr McPhee said: “When I saw the picture of the land in the paper I felt discriminated against and humiliated.

“The owner of the land who I am trying to buy from has had lots of people in the town on the phone to him concerned there is going to be some sort of camp here.

“But that is not the case at all.

“I have already submitted a pre-planning application to Angus Council to build two dwelling houses here. It’s not going to be a camp site of any kind.”

The 25-year-old added: “One of the vans is there because it belonged to a relative who died and the other is there while we move horses in.

“The first one is being taken away next week, but the other will remain at the moment.

“The cistern system is only going to be connected to one of the vans.

“I understand why people were concerned when they saw the article — I would not want a camp site near my home either.

“But this is not what is happening here. I want to make that clear.”

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