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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were no apologies for absence.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
The Chair, Councillor Amanda Hampsey, welcomed everyone to the meeting. She explained that no person present would be entitled to speak other than the Members of the Local Review Body (LRB) and Mr Jackson, who would provide procedural advice if required.
The Chair referred to the previous meeting held on 5 October 2023 when it was agreed to take new information in the form of a letter of support into the process. A copy of this was contained within the Agenda pack for today’s meeting along with comment from the Planning Officer.
Further information requested at the previous meeting from Planning, the Applicant and Lismore Community Council was also contained within this Agenda pack.
proceeding further, the Chair invited Mr Jackson to advise of the late
submission of the drone footage from the Applicant. Mr Jackson explained that the Applicant’s
Agent had submitted the drone footage in the form of photographs late and did
not circulate these to the Interested Parties, as required, so they could comment
if they wished. However, he pointed out
that some of these photographs had been included with the original submission
from the Agent and were contained within the Agenda pack for the previous
Jackson advised that if the Members of the LRB wished to seek comments from the
Interested Parties on the drone footage, the meeting would need to be adjourned
to allow this to happen. He confirmed
that no comments were received on the other further information submitted,
which had been circulated to each Interested Party within the set timescales.
Taking on board
the comments made by Mr Jackson and taking account of all the information
before the LRB today and previously presented at the meeting on 5 October 2023,
the Chair advised that her first task would be to establish if the Members of
the LRB felt that they had sufficient information before them to come to a
decision on the Review.
Councillor Blair commented that he was quite happy with the photographs provided, which he said, were clear and precise. He also confirmed he was also happy with the further information provided which, he said, he found most helpful.
Councillor McCabe said she was happy with the drone pictures but was not sure whether the other Interested Parties should be given time to comment on these.
Councillor Hampsey confirmed that she was content with all the information provided and that she would not require any further information.
Councillor Blair confirmed that he would be quite happy to proceed to making a decision today.
Councillor McCabe confirmed that she would also be happy to proceed to making a decision today.
Councillor Blair advised that having read the papers he was very grateful to everyone that had taken the time to provide the further information requested. He said that he had read through all the information and commented that he was well aware of the issues there were in Argyll and Bute for farmers and other businesses looking to diversify. He referred to the time taken to agree the National Planning Framework and the Local Development Plan. He advised that these were taken account of along with other factors that have to be contended with in a large, rural authority area. He referred to the following paragraph detailed at page 7 of the Agenda Pack for today’s meeting which, he said summed it up for him:
“Permitted development of this type within this safeguarded location would compromise the purpose of the ‘Very Sensitive Countryside’ and ‘Remote Countryside Area’ designations, which are there to protect areas that are wild, remote and undeveloped from inappropriate types and scales of development, such as that proposed within this application”.
Consequently, he advised that he was minded to support the Officer’s recommendation to reject this application.
Councillor Hampsey confirmed that she was likewise minded with Councillor Blair as that was exactly what had struck her as she went through the paperwork. She commented that she was very keen to support any planning development if possible and said that she was well aware of the rural economy and the need for housing in Argyll and Bute. She said it was always preferable to be able to approve planning developments but in this instance she felt she had to support the recommendation to refuse the application.
Councillor McCabe confirmed that she was of the same opinion as Councillor Blair in respect of the end of the paragraph detailed in page 7 of the Agenda pack. She also referred to page 6 where it stated in the second last paragraph that “the proposed development would be in direct conflict with the relevant policies of the National Planning Framework 4, the adopted Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2015, and the proposed Local Development Plan 2”, which she said, as Councillor Blair had stated, took time to progress. She advised that as much as she liked to be able to accept planning proposals, she did not think she could do so in this case and she agreed that the application should be refused.
Councillor Hampsey commented that it was always disappointing in these cases for Applicants when applications were refused and she apologised that this has had to happen in this case. She said it had been made very clear by Officers that the proposal would go against so many policies and that she agreed that it should be refused.
The Members of the LRB confirmed to Mr Jackson that they unanimously agreed that the application should be refused for the reasons given in the Decision Notice dated 18 July 2023, which had been included at pages 87 – 89 of the Agenda pack issued for the meeting held on 5 October 2023.
The Argyll and Bute Local Review Body, having considered the merits of the case de novo, unanimously agreed to refuse the application and uphold the decision of the Planning Officer to refuse planning permission for the following reasons:
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