Hol­i­day homes are given the no-go

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Plan­ners have kicked out a bid to build hol­i­day lodges on green belt land.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil re­fused per­mis­sion for the 18 chalets in the Bish­op­ton coun­try­side.

Crit­ics in­sisted there would be a slew of en­vi­ron­men­tal and pri­vacy prob­lems if the de­vel­op­ment was given the green light.

Fraser Car­lin, head of plan­ning and hous­ing for the lo­cal au­thor­ity, re­vealed the de­ci­sion in a re­port to coun­cil­lors.

He said: “Plan­ning per­mis­sion is sought in prin­ci­ple for the erec­tion of 18 hol­i­day lodges at land ap­prox­i­mately 200 me­tres east of Laugh Hat­ton Farm.

“The land pro­posed to ac­com­mo­date the de­vel­op­ment is lo­cated off Greenock Road and is cur­rently agri­cul­tural land within the green belt.

“The 18 lodges and po­ten­tial as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties, ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture, land­scap­ing on this site is likely to ap­pear quite crammed.

“This could have an ad­verse im­pact on the over­all ap­pear­ance of the site and not fit­ting with the lo­ca­tion.

“The de­vel­op­ment may en­cour­age busi­ness and could con­tribute to­wards as­sist­ing ex­ist­ing busi­nesses which sup­port tourism in this area.

“As the ap­pli­ca­tion is in prin­ci­ple only, the de­sign of the de­vel­op­ment can­not be fully con­sid­ered at this time nor can the scale and po­si­tion­ing of the pro­posed lodges.

“Overa l l , it is not con­sid­ered that the cur­rent pro­pos­als would meet all of the rel­e­vant cri­te­ria for tourism de­vel­op­ment within the green belt at this par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion.”

Agents Scot­plan sub­mit­ted the ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of a build­ing client.

More than a dozen ob­jec­tions were lodged over the project.

Lo­cals claimed a nearby burn could be con­tam­i­nated by work due to a lack of drainage and cited con­cerns over noise.

Fa m i l i e s in­sisted de­vel­op­ment would im­pact on the road net­work and pro­tected wildlife could be dis­turbed.

Mr Car­lin wrote to the ap­pli­cant to re­veal the re­jec­tion.

He added: “The coun­cil has de­cided to refuse your ap­pli­ca­tion.

“You have the right to seek a re­view of the de­ci­sion within three months from the date of the no­tice.”

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