Hear­ing will de­cide fate of Con­nel house

The Oban Times - - News -

COUN­CIL­LORS are hold­ing a pub­lic hear­ing in Con­nel Vil­lage Hall this morn­ing (Thurs­day Novem­ber 3) to de­cide how to solve a plan­ning mis­take by of­fi­cers, which left a house be­ing built too close to a pen­sioner’s home.

Ann Colthart’s 28sqm ex­ten­sion, built 14 years ago, wasn’t in­cluded in the plans and has re­sulted in a two-storey semi-de­tached house on St Oran’s Place be­ing built nine me­tres away from her prop­erty, when guide­lines state it must be at least 18 me­tres away.

The sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian, who has lived there for 32 years, con­tacted plan­ning of­fi­cers in May, and work was halted to seek a so­lu­tion. Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ad­mit­ted fall­ing short of its own stan­dards, apol­o­gised for the sit­u­a­tion and dis­tress, and said it was seek­ing a rem­edy.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted by Ma­cLeod Con­struc­tion Ltd on July 22, pro­posed ‘al­ter­ations to rear fen­es­tra­tion, in­stal­la­tion of new fen­es­tra­tion on gable el­e­va­tion and erec­tion of wall and hedg­ing on NE bound­ary’.

Last month the Plan­ning, Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee agreed to hold a site visit fol­lowed by a pre-de­ter­mi­na­tion hear­ing to­day in Con­nel Vil­lage Hall at 11.30am to­day, when a de­ci­sion will be made.

The meet­ing’s min­utes record two mis­takes were made: ‘Firstly, the site and lo­ca­tion plans sub­mit­ted by the ap­pli­cant used out of date Ord­nance Sur­vey data and did not de­pict a sun room con­structed on the side el­e­va­tion of the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty. Se­condly, a site in­spec­tion was not un­der­taken by of­fi­cers.’

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