Sec­ond at­tempt at homes plan OK

Scheme for 217 houses is back on agenda

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Cargill

De­vel­op­ers look likely to have a sec­ond at­tempt to gain per­mis­sion to build more than 200 houses in Rat­tray granted by coun­cil­lors tomorrow.

Spring­field Prop­er­ties’ ap­pli­ca­tion to build 217 houses along Gle­nal­mond Road was due to be con­sid­ered at last month’s meet­ing of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment com­mit­tee but the bid ended up be­ing taken off the agenda.

It was es­tab­lished af­ter the meet­ing that the form had asked to have con­sid­er­a­tion of their bid de­layed so the com­pany could ad­dress con­cerns raised about it by Blair­gowrie and Glens coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers.

She said at the time she had con­cerns about the den­sity of the pro­posed scheme, ac­cess to it via Hat­ton Road and its ef­fect on a busy nearby junc­tion, its po­ten­tial im­pact on the town’s Hol­i­day Park, park­ing at the site and flood­ing.

The same ap­pli­ca­tion is now due to be con­sid­ered again along with what ap­pears to be a new landscape plan as well as a re­vised site plan.

Plan­ning of­fi­cials have once again rec­om­mended coun­cil­lors ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion, con­clud­ing in their re­port of han­dling: “The pro­pos­als will lead to the cre­ation of ad­di­tional res­i­den­tial dwellings to meet fore­cast pop­u­la­tion growth and hous­ing need, pro­vid­ing jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod and work­force po­ten­tial there­after.

“The pro­pos­als will also as­sist in meet­ing lo­cal and na­tional tar­gets in achiev­ing sus­tain­able, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“The pro­posal is con­sid­ered to pro­vide a good stan­dard of lay­out, which com­ple­ments and works with its sur­round­ings in terms of the ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­ing de­vel­op­ment, land uses and through sig­nif­i­cant landscaping pro­pos­als in se­cur­ing a ro­bust long term edge of set­tle­ment landscape buf­fer, ap­pro­pri­ate in this con­text.

“Whilst the de­tailed pro­pos­als iden­tify 57 units in ad­di­tion to that re­ferred to in the LDP site al­lo­ca­tion, this fig­ure was ar­rived at through a num­ber of de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tions in­clud­ing a site ca­pac­ity as­sess­ment, which was not un­der­taken at the time of pro­duc­ing the LDP.

“There is not there­fore con­sid­ered to be any sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from pol­icy in re­la­tion to the con­sid­er­a­tion of all as­so­ci­ated LDP pol­icy cri­te­ria el­e­ments. Over­all, the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is con­sid­ered com­pe­tent and com­pli­ant with the key prin­ci­ples of the LDP and is rec­om­mended for ap­proval, sub­ject to con­di­tional con­trol and an as­so­ci­ated le­gal agree­ment.”

Ad­dress­ing all the con­cerns pre­vi­ously raised about the pro­posal Spring­field Prop­er­ties land man­ager David Jewell said yes­ter­day: “Re­gard­ing pos­si­ble im­pact on the neigh­bour­ing car­a­van park, we have amended draw­ings to in­clude a land­scaped bund along the bound­ary with the park. The height of the bund is likely to be a con­di­tion of any con­sent.

“On the ques­tion of den­sity, we are propos­ing eight homes per acre on this de­vel­op­ment, com­pared to 13 per acre on the sur­round­ing hous­ing area, and 10 per acre on more re­cent de­vel­op­ments.”

Mr Jewell went on to say the pro­posal had also been re­vised to add 75 vis­i­tor park­ing spa­ces, bring­ing the to­tal to 493, which he said ex­ceeds coun­cil re­quire­ments, and that PKC’s own of­fi­cials had de­cided there was no cause for con­cern about the de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on the Hat­ton Road/High Street junc­tion.

He fur­ther said that flood­ing and drainage de­sign de­tails in­cluded in the ap­pli­ca­tion had dealt with any ques­tions about po­ten­tial flood­ing on the site.

And he con­tin­ued: “This de­vel­op­ment will make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Rat­tray bring­ing homes, jobs and eco­nomic growth. The 217 new homes in­clude 60 much-needed af­ford­able homes and all the homes ben­e­fit from mod­ern de­sign stan­dards.

“They are at­trac­tive, in­ex­pen­sive to run and easy to main­tain. Build­ing the homes will pro­vide di­rect em­ploy­ment for 45 to 50 peo­ple on site and sup­port the em­ploy­ment of oth­ers.

“We hope to have a site start be­fore the end of the year.”

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