Transport bosses have accused council chiefs of mistakes which derailed plans for a new 1,500-home village on Perth’s outskirts.
The Scottish Government seized control of the Oudenarde project in January, just as councillors were ready to approve plans for the first phase.
The move angered developer Geoff Brown, who said he was preparing to take the case to the Court of Session.
Now papers released by the Government have revealed the behind-the-scenes scramble to halt the project, showing Transport Scotland laid the blame for the debacle at Perth and Kinross Council’s feet.
An email to MSP Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing, from Holyrood planners, claimed a planning condition insisted on by Transport Scotland had been omitted by mistake when plans for the site were finalised.
The roads authority was unhappy the council was going to approve stage one — 159 houses — without a condition insisting paperwork was in place showing how the site would link to the M90.
In a letter to then-planning boss Nick Brian, written in January – two days before the application was called in – Transport Scotland’s national operations manager Stuart Wilson said: “It is through a series of errors on the part of the council that we find ourselves in the situation that Transport Scotland’s requested planning conditions have not been imposed.”