Venue: Gibson Hall, Garelochhead
Contact: Fiona McCallum Tel. No. 01546 604392
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Colville, Freeman, Hall, Kinniburgh, MacMillan, McNaughton and McQueen.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor George Freeman had declared a non-financial interest in the application prior to the meeting as he was objecting to it; he had also submitted his apologies to the meeting to allow him to speak as an objector.
MR AND MRS JOHN SMITH: ERECTION OF DWELLINGHOUSE, INSTALLATION OF PRIVATE SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITY AND FORMATION OF NEW ACCESS: LAND NORTH WEST OF FINNART FARMHOUSE, FEUINNS ROAD, PORTINCAPLE (REF: 12/00818/PP) PDF 60 KB
Report by Head of Planning and Regulatory Services
The Chair welcomed those present to the meeting and asked the Committee to make introductions. He invited Mr Reppke to outline the procedure that would be followed during the meeting.
Mr Reppke outlined the procedure and then asked those who wished to speak to make themselves known to the Committee.
Richard Kerr, Principal Planning Officer, advised that the application had been considered by the Committee at their meeting on 31 May 2012. It had been referred to the Committee due to the number of representations received and had been continued by the Committee to a PAN41 Hearing as the application was recommended for approval subject to a minor departure from the Local Plan. Mr Kerr advised that the Members of the Committee had visited the site earlier that morning.
Sandra Davies, Planning Officer, advised that the
application was for the erection of a single dwellinghouse, installation of
private sewage treatment facility and formation of new access at land North
West of Finnart Farmhouse,
Nick Wright, agent for the applicant introduced himself to the Committee. He began by showing slides which demonstrated the zone for development and the surrounding Countryside around Settlement zone. He advised that 93% of the site fell within the development zone. He advised that the design of the house fitted in with the Local Plan and was in accordance with the Councils Detailed Design and Sustainable Design Guidance. He advised that the Planners had been satisfied by the design that had been submitted; that they had been through a rigorous design process to fit this house in with other houses in Argyll and it would be built of sustainable materials. He showed some slides showing different elevations of the house and a number of photo montages of how the house would be seen from different angles, with and without foliage. He advised that he was aware that there had been a number of objections raised due to the site being in an area of panoramic quality due to the views across the loch towards Portincaple but added that the Local Plan allowed for development in these areas as long as it fitted in with planning guidance, which the application did. With regard to traffic and drainage, he advised that both the Councils’ roads engineer and its flooding engineer had no objection to the proposal. He told the Committee that previously Councillor Freeman had raised concerns over the first application regarding flooding but these issues had been resolved in consultation with the Flood Alleviation Officer. With regard to the 7% of the site that was within the Countryside around Settlement area he advised that a condition had been put in place by planners to address this. Mr Wright quoted part of the Scottish Government Planning Policy 2010 which advised that a Development Plan should support small scale housing development and added that he believed the Argyll and Bute Development Plan supported this and so did the application. He asked that the Committee stand by Planning Policy and approve the application.
Campbell Divertie, Roads and
Amenity Services, advised that the proposed driveway joined the
Colin Smith spoke on behalf of the Community Council. He advised that they were not against development in a settlement area but were opposed to the proposed development in an area of panoramic quality. He advised that the proposal would block the view of the entrance to Loch Goil and Loch Long in the only area that this could be seen. He advised that a number of vehicles regularly stop on the road at that particular spot to take in the view and to take photographs. He advised that by moving the designated settlement area down the hill it would mean ... view the full minutes text for item 3.