New home to be built in Kin­fauns church

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The for­mer Kin­fauns Par­ish Church is to be turned into a home, af­ter plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil have granted per­mis­sion for‘change of use’to turn the Carse of Gowrie church, which has been empty for the past 20 years, into a dwelling­house for Mr Jawad Awan.

The ap­pli­cant pre­vi­ously had a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the Kin­fauns church ap­proved by the coun­cil, but needed to sub­mit a fresh bid af­ter some of the de­sign de­tails were changed.

This comes de­spite a plea from a nearby res­i­dent to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Joan McGlinn, wrote to the coun­cil say­ing:“It is with great re­luc­tance that yet again I feel forced to lodge a com­plaint against even more plans for this build­ing.

“I have al­ready been made quite ill by the ar­ro­gance and sheer in­com­pe­tence of the com­pletely un­su­per­vised build­ing firm who in­stalled phone ca­bles, wa­ter pipe, sewage tank and soak­away for the prop­erty, dis­rupt­ing my life and ul­ti­mately leav­ing land owned by oth­ers, in­cludng me, strewn with build­ing de­bris in places in a dan­ger­ous state with large stones poised to roll down a steep bank to the burn be­low.

“At no time could I find any­one, in­clud­ing Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil em­ploy­ees, avail­able or will­ing to an­swer ques­tions about their ac­tions. I did re­fer it to Cllr Alis­tair Bai­ley but noth­ing ap­pears to be be­ing done by the coun­cil.”

Her let­ter high­lighted con­cerns about the pub­lic ar­eas around the church. She con­tin­ued:“Vis­i­tors to the grave­yard would now not be able to reach and there­fore would be barred from us­ing the west en­trance to which they have al­ready been rel­e­gated and which leads to where the most re­cent and fre­quently used graves lie.

“This is a se­ri­ous prob­lem, the area be­longs to the vil­lage and the wider com­mu­nity.

“It is abun­dantly clear that no-one has con­sulted any doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to pre­vi­ous plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for this prop­erty as many of these prob­lems have al­ready been ad­dressed and dis­missed.

“I trust that they will be han­dled in a sim­i­lar way and de­servedly thrown out. Kin­fauns Church

“Please do not give per­mis­sion to any of these claims or changes.”

Part of the per­mis­sion granted by the coun­cil would see a beech hedge put in place be­fore any work on the church could be­gin,“in the in­ter­sts of pro­tect­ing the amenity of oc­cu­piers of the dwelling and users of the grave­yard.”

The ap­pli­cant will still need to ap­ply for a build­ing war­rant be­fore work on Kin­fauns Par­ish Church can be­gin.


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