Op­po­si­tion to Kin­ross hous­ing plan

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

A pro­posal to build a block of flats be­hind an old garage in Kin­ross right next to an­other mas­sive new de­vel­op­ment is be­ing op­posed by lo­cals.

Seven peo­ple have ob­jected to an ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate the new three­storey build­ing be­hind the for­mer Kirk­lands Garage on the town’s High Street which is next door to where Per­sim­mon Homes is al­ready build­ing an­other 91 new homes on the old High School site.

The ap­pli­cant, Kirk­lands De­vel­op­ment Com­pany, claims their pro­posal will “en­hance the ap­pear­ance and char­ac­ter of the lo­cal area”by“con­struct­ing high qual­ity build­ings which will con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the ex­ist­ing ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment”.

But one ob­jec­tor has writ­ten:“Hav­ing just re­cently pur­chased a new house ... as­sum­ing any fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the site at Kirk­lands [would] be no higher ... I was ap­palled to re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tion of this pro­posal which has bal­conies and win­dows up to three [storeys] high look­ing into ev­ery win­dow in my house at the back.

“It also ap­pears to overde­velop a site which is rel­a­tively small for the pro­posal and is not in keep­ing with plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tions for the char­ac­ter of the area, suf­fi­cient park­ing for the pro­posal or road safety re­quire­ments at this site.

“I ques­tion why this pro­posal would be con­sid­ered and is not seen as con­tra­ven­ing plan­ning reg­u­la­tion on many dif­fer­ent lev­els.”

Along sim­i­lar lines an­other ob­jec­tor has writ­ten:“Whilst I ap­pre­ci­ate that the site does need re­de­vel­op­ment and had ex­pected this to be the case, I ob­ject strongly to a three-storey build­ing in this area.

“The build­ing that is there is two­s­torey and this is what I ex­pected would be re­plac­ing this when re­de­vel­op­ment took place.

“This will look di­rectly over our gar­den and our house, par­tic­u­larly when bal­conies and a large amount of win­dows will be over­look­ing us.

“I also con­sider that this amount of build­ing on this site to be com­pletely overde­vel­oped - it’s cram­ming dwellings in to max­imise prof­its.”

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