Agenda item


Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth


The Area Team Leader for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands spoke to the terms of the report.  The site comprises a single dwellinghouse located within the centre of the Key Rural Settlement of Clachan as identified in the Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2015.  The building was originally constructed in 1878 as a free church and is a Category B listed building.  The building, and the site, has recently been converted to a single dwellinghouse.  The proposal is for change of use from a dwellinghouse to a community hub use.  This includes associated external alterations to the listed building and the formation of parking and turning for 10 no. vehicles served by an existing access off of the adopted public road.  The site is located within a Special Built Environmental Area (SBEA) wherein there is a general policy presumption against development that does not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the SBEA.  Officers consider that the proposed development, whilst modest in scale and nature, is high quality and will respect and enhance the architectural and other qualities that give rise to the SBEA designation.  There have been a total of 12 objections and 8 submissions of support.  It is considered that the proposed development is in accordance with the provisions of the Local Development Plan and that all issues raised by third parties have been addressed by consultees and within the report of handling and associated proposed conditions. 


It was recommended that planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and reasons detailed in the report of handling.




The Committee agreed to grant planning permission subject to the following conditions and reasons:


1.    The development shall be implemented in accordance with the details specified on the application form dated 22nd February.2020, supporting information and, the approved drawings listed in the table below unless the prior written approval of the planning authority is obtained for an amendment to the approved details under Section 64 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.


Plan Title.

Plan Ref. No.


Date Received

Location and Site Plan




Existing Plans and Elevations




Proposed Plans and Elevations




Window Details





Reason: For the purpose of clarity, to ensure that the development is implemented in accordance with the approved details.


2.    Notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 1, no development shall be commenced until full details of access junction and highways improvements have been submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority in consultation with Council Roads and Amenity Services. Such details shall include: -


i)      The proposed access layout designed in accordance with the Council’s Roads Standard Detail Drawing SD 08/002 rev. a:

ii)     Visibility splays of 2.40 metres to point X by 42.0 metres to point Y from the centre line of the proposed access;

iii)    Final wearing surface finishes for the access, parking and turning areas;

iv)   Formation of a new section of public footpath to an adoptable standard from the existing public footpath to the north of the site to the vehicular access point.


The access shall be surfaced with a bound material in accordance with the stated Standard Detail Drawing. Prior to work starting on site the access hereby approved shall be formed to at least base course standard and the visibility splays shall be cleared of all obstructions such that nothing shall disrupt visibility from a point 1.05 metres above the access at point X to a point 0.6 metres above the public road carriageway at point Y. The formation of the new section of public footpath shah be completed in accordance with the approved details and the final wearing surface on the access shall be completed prior to the development first being brought into use and the visibility splays shall be maintained clear of all obstructions thereafter.


Reason: In the interests of road safety.


3.    Notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 1, no development shall commence until full details of the layout and surfacing of a parking and turning area to accommodate 8 no. vehicles within the application site have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority in consultation with the Council’s Roads Engineers, unless otherwise agreed in writing. The duly approved scheme shall be implemented in full prior to the development first being occupied and shall thereafter be maintained clear of obstruction for the parking and manoeuvring of vehicles.


Reason: In the interest of road safety.


4.    No development shall commence until a scheme of boundary treatment, surface treatment and landscaping has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. The scheme shall comprise a planting plan and schedule which shall include details of:


i)      Existing and proposed ground levels at the northern end of the site (where the new parking/turning area is proposed) in relation to an identified fixed datum;

ii)     Existing landscaping features and vegetation to be retained (relating to the whole application site);

iii)    Location design and materials of proposed walls, fences and gates;

iv)   Details of the final wearing surface for the parking/turning area;

v)    Proposed compensatory landscaping planting works to the northern boundary including the location, species and size of every tree/shrub to be planted;

vi)   A programme for the timing, method of implementation, completion and subsequent on-going maintenance.


All of the hard and soft landscaping works shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme unless otherwise approved in writing by the Planning Authority.


Any trees/shrubs which within a period of five years from the completion of the approved landscaping scheme fail to become established, die, become seriously diseased, or are removed or damaged shall be replaced in the following planting season with equivalent numbers, sizes and species as those originally required to be planted unless otherwise approved in writing by the Planning Authority.


Reason: To assist with the integration of the proposal with its surroundings in the interest of amenity.


5.    Notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 1, the activities and use of the site as a community hub, hereby permitted shall not take place after hours of 12.00 midnight on Mondays to Saturdays (inclusive) and no later than 11.00pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


Reason: In order to protect the amenity of occupiers of residential properties within the surrounding area.


6.    The development shall be implemented with final finished floor levels as existing or higher.


Reason: In order to secure an acceptable relationship between the development and its surroundings.


(Reference: Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth dated 1 April 2021, submitted)

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