Church says flats bid must be cast out

Plans are not in keep­ing with the build­ings nearby

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Cargill

Church lead­ers have lodged an ob­jec­tion to a planned de­vel­op­ment in Pit­lochry.

Pit­lochry Church of Scot­land says a block of flats a de­vel­oper wants to build in Bon­nethill Road op­po­site the place of wor­ship would not be in keep­ing with other build­ings nearby and should be re­jected by coun­cil plan­ners.

Pit­lochry and Moulin Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has also sent a sim­i­lar ob­jec­tion to plan­ning staff say­ing the pro­posed three storey block would be­come a “dom­i­nant and dis­cor­dant pres­ence” in the town’s con­ser­va­tion area.

The ap­pli­cant’s agent has stated in a sub­mis­sion the block does “take in­spi­ra­tion from ex­ist­ing dwellings” in the area and will be built us­ing ma­te­ri­als he reck­ons will “com­pli­ment the listed build­ing to the south [the church] and sur­round­ing built en­vi­ron­ment.”

But the church has told PKC: “We ob­ject to the planned height and ap­pear­ance [of ] the flat­ted de­vel­op­ment. It is not in keep­ing with other res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties on Bon­nethill Road.

“The prop­erty should be re­stricted to two storeys thus pro­vid­ing a more ac­cept­able ap­pear­ance and al­low a roof pitch which would be more in keep­ing with the area.”

And An­drew Holmes, sec­re­tary for Pit­lochry and Moulin Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, has told PKC: “The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is at the heart of the Pit­lochry Con­ser­va­tion Area and is di­rectly op­po­site the Church of Scot­land, the iconic build­ing of that con­ser­va­tion

Lead­ers at Pit­lochry Church of Scot­land are against the plan area.

“With this lo­ca­tion it is es­sen­tial that it matches the char­ac­ter of the town. The con­ser­va­tion area ap­praisal refers to the neg­a­tive im­pact of ‘de­vel­op­ments in­serted into town­scape gaps with lit­tle re­gard for con­tex­tual de­sign’.

“This is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of that and con­ser­va­tion area poli­cies are de­signed to re­quire de­vel­op­ments to con­form to poli­cies which pre­serve the char­ac­ter of the area.

“The de­vel­op­ment is out of scale and out of char­ac­ter with the sur­round­ing build­ings. It is one storey too high, the ex­ter­nal fin­ishes have no lo­cal con­text, com­pris­ing har­ling and the use of an ar­ti­fi­cial sand­stone with no Scot­tish rel­e­vance, let alone a Pit­lochry con­text.

“This would make the build­ing the dom­i­nant and dis­cor­dant pres­ence on this lo­cal area.

“To ap­prove this de­vel­op­ment is to negate the whole prin­ci­ple of the con­ser­va­tion area.”

The same ap­pli­ca­tion at­tracted three fur­ther ob­jec­tions from lo­cals dur­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion - two from cou­ples and one from an in­vivid­ual -and is now await­ing a de­ci­sion from PKC.


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