Residents rally to Ann’s house campaign
A FACEBOOK page that has been set up in support of a woman who’s on the bitter end of a planning mistake has accumulated hundreds of ‘likes’, writes David McPhee.
More than 200 people had liked the page, which is titled Connel Residents Against Planning Mistakes, within 72 hours of its inception.
It was set up in support of 72-year- old Ann Colthart, from Connel, after houses were built nine metres away from her property when guidelines state they must be at least 18 metres.
The mistake was made during the planning stage when Mrs Colthart’s 28msq extension, which has been there for 14 years, wasn’t included in the plans.
The developer has since applied for planning permission to upgrade some aspects of the houses in order to improve the situation.
The application received 50 objections. However, at a planning hearing last week, Argyll and Bute Council voted to approve the adaptations.
These include removing the first floor windows and replace them with wooden cladding; securing and frosting the ground-floor windows so they cannot be opened or seen through; and placing a hedge between the houses.
The social media page will serve as an archive of news coverage, while providing a platform for people to stay up to date and to voice their opinions.
Under a post that highlights the council’s decision to accept the adaptations, one commenter, Kathleen Ferguson, said: ‘ How in heaven’s name things have got to this stage beats me.
‘ There is something very unsavoury about the whole business. Any competent builder would have surely queried the proximity to Ann’s property when the foundations were laid, regardless of planning decision.
‘ The fight must continue and the rotten apples exposed.’
Ann Colthart: community has rallied behind her.