Res­i­dents urged to check per­mis­sions

The Oban Times - - News -

RES­I­DENTS liv­ing in Ar­gyll and Bute’s con­ser­va­tion ar­eas or in listed build­ings are be­ing en­cour­aged to check with the coun­cil be­fore go­ing ahead with de­vel­op­ments.

The area has 32 des­ig­nated con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, from Camp­bel­town to Tober­mory.

Some small-scale plans, such as a build­ing, shed or a bound­ary wall, will not need plan­ning per­mis­sion as they will come un­der ‘per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ments’.

How­ever, this is un­likely to ap­ply to homes in con­ser­va­tion ar­eas or to listed build­ings, and peo­ple are re­minded that they should get ad­vice be­fore do­ing any work.

Con­ser­va­tion ar­eas are those that have been given pro­tected sta­tus in or­der to pre­serve its nat­u­ral fea­tures, cul­tural her­itage and his­toric char­ac­ter.

Listed build­ings will also need spe­cific con­sent for any in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal al­ter­ations if they af­fect the his­toric fabric of the build­ing.

Coun­cil­lor David Kin­niburgh, plan­ning spokesman, said: ‘In Ar­gyll and Bute we are very proud of our beau­ti­ful towns and vil­lages.

‘To keep our his­toric land­scapes in­tact, we have guide­lines for house­hold­ers and busi­nesses who live in con­ser­va­tion ar­eas to as­sist with any pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

‘Just as im­por­tant to the land­scape and char­ac­ter of Ar­gyll and Bute are the 2,000 listed build­ings we have across the area. They are a special part of our rich her­itage.

‘That’s why any­one who wants to do work on a listed build­ing needs special con­sent to en­sure we all pre­serve this piece of his­tory.

‘Please see the plan­ning pages on our web­site at www. ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk, which have full de­tails of how to ap­ply for per­mis­sion.’

Any­one who does need plan­ning per­mis­sion can now use the coun­cil’s pre-plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vice, which has been im­proved to make it more stream­lined and speedy.

Charges for the ser­vice will be levied from now for some de­vel­op­ment. There will be no fee for house­holder and small-scale de­vel­op­ment.

The web­site also has maps of all the con­ser­va­tion ar­eas and res­i­dents can check whether their prop­erty is a listed build­ing.

The con­ser­va­tion ar­eas are in: Auchindrain, Bow­more, Camp­bel­town, Cardross, Clachaig, Cove and Kil­creg­gan, Cri­nan Canal, Cul­lipool, Der­vaig, Dunoon, Eas­dale, El­len­be­ich, Hill House, He­lens­burgh, In­ver­aray, Iona, Keills Jura, Ker­rycroy, Kil­martin, Kil­molu­aig, Lochgilp­head, Lorn Fur­nace, Luss, Port Char­lotte, Port Ellen, Port­na­haven and Port We­myss, Rhu, Ros­neath, Rothe­say, Tar­bert, Tober­mory, Toberonochy and Up­per He­lens­burgh.

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