Camp­ing site plan re­jected

The Oban Times - - News -

AN AP­PLI­CA­TION for a ‘ru­ral’ cam­per­van site on the Isle of Mull was turned down by plan­ners at Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, Mull Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard last Tues­day (Jan­uary 11).

The site would have ac­com­mo­dated camper­vans that park in the Loch Buie area but would have en­cour­aged re­spon­si­ble waste dis­posal and of­fered fresh wa­ter for the campers to use.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil was told the ap­pli­ca­tion was for a few en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly toi­lets and a cold wa­ter tap for show­ers.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was turned down be­cause a camp­ing area was not in the lo­cal devel­op­ment plan.

Coun­cil­lor Mary-Jean Devon said: ‘RET wasn’t in the lo­cal plan and yet we are hav­ing to deal with all these ex­tra vis­i­tors and camper­vans to the is­land.

‘ If it can be pro­vided and there is a need for it, we need to make sure all the con­sid­er­a­tions of in­creased de­mand for camp­ing ar­eas are taken into ac­count within or with­out the cur­rent Mull plan.’

Jane Stephens, a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor, said: ‘ It is very nec­es­sary down there and the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the road into the area.’

The com­mu­nity coun­cil heard that the area al­ready ac­com­mo­dates five or six ‘ wild’ camper­vans ev­ery night dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The plans be­fore the lo­cal au­thor­ity was for 10 spa­ces.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil agreed to write to the lo­cal au­thor­ity to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion and ask for the mat­ter to be re­con­sid­ered.

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