Developers have lodged an appeal after their plan for new housing at Carse of Gowrie was rejected by councillors.
Hadden Construction had proposed building 66 houses on open fields near Inchture.
The land is sandwiched between the busy A90 and Taypack, one of the UK’s biggest potato producers.
Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s planning and development management committee rejected the scheme, claiming it was an “over-development” of the 10-acre site. They were also worried new residents would find their surroundings too noisy.
Taypack said that if complaints were made to environmental health officers, the company could be forced to make costly — and potentially damaging — changes to its operation. Now Hadden has lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government, urging officers to overturn the decision.
Agents for Hadden argue the plan is not an over-development and noise issues could be easily resolved through planning conditions.
Company chairman Scott Hadden said: “This site is immediately deliverable and capable of providing much needed family housing within Inchture to enhance the vibrancy of the community, help to alleviate the housing shortfall in Perthshire and to remove the need for any greenbelt land in the Carse of Gowrie to be lost through other developments.
“Hadden Homes is not land banking or promoting a site that requires extensive new infrastructure, instead we are shovelready with a site capable of housing the first residents within 12 months of us breaking ground.”
Many objectors pointed out that the site is earmarked for just 16 houses in the current local development plan.
However, a revised version of the plan, which is yet to be adopted, suggests the land can hold up to 80 properties.