Portincaple housing plans rejected by Argyll and Bute Council

Portincaple housing plans rejected by Argyll and Bute Council

Proposals to build 12 new homes in the small hamlet of Portincaple have been rejected by Argyll and Bute Council after thousands of objections were raised online.

During a seven-and-a-half hour long meeting, councillors refused the proposal for new homes on the banks of Loch Long - despite planning officials recommending that the proposals were approved.

A motion submitted by independent Councillor George Freeman, stating that the plans were out of character in a sensitive area, was agreed unanimously by the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee last week.

The decision was welcomed by Green MSP Ross Greer, who spoke on behalf of residents at the meeting, The Daily Record reports.

He added: “Building here would have threatened a big section of Atlantic rainforest and local wildlife. Once changes like those are made, they’re irreversible.

“I know that the architects are enthusiastic about using renewable energy and developing energy-efficient housing and I hope that they will find more appropriate locations for these constructive ideas.”

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, who also campaigned against the development, added: “This development would have altered the character of the local community. Well done to the local people who pulled together to oppose these plans.

“This has been a difficult process for them, not helped by the disruptive nature of the ongoing pandemic. Their hard work and commitment has paid off.”

Developer Pelham Olive meanwhile paid tribute to Argyll and Bute Council, despite the refusal.

He said: “The council is to be congratulated on the way they set up and managed the virtual process, given the unprecedented level of interest shown in this planning application.

“While I was naturally disappointed with the refusal, I was encouraged by the amount of positive support expressed for the woodland regeneration and exceptional green credentials of the proposed development.

“I will be reviewing the councillors’ comments and their reasons for refusal over the coming weeks.”

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