71 af­ford­able houses ap­proved

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not lis­ten to any more.

When Mr Kemp re­fused to stand down, he was asked to leave the meet­ing and es­corted out of the coun­cil cham­bers by coun­cil staff.

Fur­ther ob­jec­tions were shared from other mem­bers of the pub­lic at the meet­ing.

Wendy McKer­char said the site was too dense and would be “wall to wall con­crete”.

She de­clared: “I want to raise is­sues over den­sity. You are com­par­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion to ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in Blair­gowrie, and to Muir­ton Park in Perth.”

She added: “We recog­nise the need to pro­vide th­ese homes, but there is a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide them at Maple Place, why over-de­velop this site? I urge you to refuse this on overde­vel­op­ment.”

Com­ments were also ex­pressed by Blair­gowrie and Glens coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers, echo­ing the voices of the peo­ple from the town.

The re­port pre­sented to the elected mem­bers rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion for ap­proval stat­ing that “over­all” the ap­pli­ca­tion was con­sid­ered to be com­pli­ant with the key prin­ci­ples of the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

The re­port went on: “Ac­count has been given to the mat­ters raised in rep­re­sen­ta­tion and th­ese have been ad­dressed in the ap­praisal.

“There are no ma­te­rial con­sid­er­a­tions present how­ever that war­rants a re­fusal of the pro­posal.”

The vote came down to a tie when Coun­cil­lor Lyle, Coun­cil­lor Bob Band, Coun­cil­lor Eric Drys­dale, Coun­cil­lor Tom Gray and Coun­cil­lor Richard Wat­ters voted to ap­prove the plans, while coun­cil­lors Bob Brawn – who rep­re­sents the Blair­gowrie and Glens ward – Mike Bar­na­cle, Harry Coates, Ian James and Wil­lie Wil­son opted to re­ject the pa­per.

The cast­ing vote was given to the com­mit­tee con­vener and the plans will now go ahead sub­ject to a build­ing war­rant ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing granted.

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