De­ci­sion is wrong

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

You would be in­cred­i­bly hard of heart not to sym­pa­thise with Ann Colthart.

Ann is the re­tired teacher who com­plained when a con­struc­tion project saw houses be­ing built too close to her home in Con­nel, in breach of plan­ning reg­u­la­tions.

Last week there was gen­uine anger when Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved the new-build, de­spite it be­ing the re­sult of ‘mis­takes’.

I think the plan­ning com­mit­tee has got it badly wrong in this in­stance.

Not only is Ann quite right to feel ag­grieved – and she has pledged that the fight is not yet over – but the de­ci­sion sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent.

Will de­vel­op­ers in fu­ture be able to turn round when mis­takes have been made and point to this de­ci­sion and say, quite rea­son­ably: ‘ Well, you flouted the plan­ning rule in that case’?

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