If you have seen and know the CL site well, can you tell us what is so "sensitive" about it?
BTW, the argument that Niall and others have made was that the Balmedie approval was wrong because it was narrowly turned down by a single local committee with a tie vote broken by the chair who was/is a member of the Green party. That vote came after another local committee gave the plan a super-majority approval. The feds called the application in and reversed the vote of that second committee.
CL had local popular support and formal planning approval. Whereas the scale and scope of the Balmedie project had national implications, CL by comparison was rather modest, but with considerable local impact. The feds stepped in anyways and reversed the favorable local decision.
This is not a matter of a small inconsistency or a system which falls a bit short of perfection. It may have been as simple as a make up call in basketball (for Balmedie), but it was a colossal screw-up nonetheless. As several people much smarter than me have said, we get the government we deserve.
BTW, best of luck on your new project. I hope to play it some day.