Find out more and have your say on Simplified Planning Zones

Events highlighting plans to remove the need to apply for planning consent when building new homes will be held in Mull and Lochgilphead in June.

Argyll and Bute Council is proposing to introduce Simplified Planning Zones (SPZ) at Salen on Mull and in Lochgilphead. The zones would allow certain homes to be built without the need to apply for traditional planning consent, making the process faster and much easier for people thinking about building their own home.

The first information and feedback-gathering event will be held at An Roth Community Enterprise Centre at Craignure, Isle of Mull, on Tuesday, June 5. It will run as a drop-in event, starting at 2pm and running through to 7.30pm. Scheduled presentation will take place at 3pm and 6pm.

And the following day, Wednesday, June 6, a similar event will be held at Lochgilphead Community Centre from 1pm to 6.30pm, with presentations scheduled for 2pm and 5.30pm.

Anyone interested in the Simplified Planning Zones is invited to attend and will be able to ask questions, get involved in shaping the design and find out much more about each of the proposed SPZ sites. The events are as much about getting input and feedback from the community as they are about offering information on the SPZ sites.

David Kinniburgh, the Council’s Policy Lead for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “The idea behind the Simplified Planning Zones is to remove obstacles for people who want to build custom or self-build homes. There will be a lot of great information available at these events and I would encourage everyone with an interest to attend and find out more about the proposals.”

More information is also available online at and you can also request details via email on or by calling 01546 604158.

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