De­ci­sion day looms for hous­ing plan

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A DE­CI­SION is due on Mon­day whether to build 24 flats and 12 houses in Oban’s Glen­shel­lach es­tate.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee is hold­ing a lo­cal hear­ing in the Parish Church Hall on Glen­cruit­ten Road at 11.30am on Novem­ber 14 to hear ar­gu­ments for and against it grant­ing plan­ning con­sent.

Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) has ap­plied to build 12 more houses by Hay­field, be­side its four flats and 13 houses there, with six more units ex­pected in a fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion. The plan re­ceived no let­ters of sup­port and 43 ob­jec­tions, mostly from lo­cal ad­dresses, ar­gu­ing the ex­tra 18 dwellings would ex­ceed the al­lo­ca­tion set out in the Lo­cal Devel­op­ment Plan (LDP).

ACHA also plans to build 24 af­ford­able flats, in two three-storey blocks of 12, in its fi­nal phase of a devel­op­ment west of Catalina Av­enue. The ap­pli­ca­tion at­tracted no let­ters of sup­port and 54 ob­jec­tions, cit­ing the site’s overde­vel­op­ment, and the ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ scale this ‘pair of sen­try boxes’, high above other houses. So far 78 dwellings have been granted per­mis­sion, bring­ing the to­tal to 102 – above the 90 units al­lo­cated in the LDP.

The new build­ings were dis­cussed at Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil in the Rock­field Cen­tre on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 31, when com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Dun­can Martin deemed the de­signs ‘unin­spir­ing’, and he urged ACHA to look at ‘ex­am­ples of in­spir­ing so­cial hous­ing’.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish, who sits on Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and Li­cenc­ing com­mit­tee (PPSL), replied: ‘If I did not have a house, I would take one – in­spir­ing or unin­spir­ing.’

Coun­cil­lor Kieron Green agreed, ar­gu­ing the de­vel­op­ments are in­tended ‘to house peo­ple at a low cost, not to win awards: it is af­ford­able hous­ing.

‘Of­ten peo­ple who com­plain about the view be­ing changed were the first houses there that changed the land­scape.’

If peo­ple wanted a good view in per­pe­tu­ity, he advised, ‘do not buy a house on the edge of the town’.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the devel­op­ment might look.

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