Coun­cil­lors to dis­cuss plan de­spite com­plaint

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that had the com­pany or the coun­cil men­tioned that fur­ther con­sent was be­ing sought for an­other 89 houses in the build-up to the pub­lic event ,a lot more lo­cals would have turned up to scru­ti­nise the lat­est draw­ings.

The trust’s let­ter to Ms Reid said: “The whole Lathro Farm site had an agreed al­lo­ca­tion of 260 units in the LDP (Lo­cal Devel­op­ment Plan). Per­sim­mon has al­ready ex­ceeded this num­ber by be­ing granted per­mis­sion for 300 hous­ing units across the whole site.

“The LDP had also set a limit of 140 units up to the year 2024. This will be ex­ceeded sim­ply with the com­ple­tion of phase one, with its 187 dwellings.

“The fur­ther ma­jor in­crease pro­posed by Per­sim­mon for phase two, if per­mit­ted, would have a con­sid­er­able ad­di­tional im­pact on many as­pects of life in Kin­ross, in­clud­ing the schools, the health cen­tre, traf­fic gen­er­a­tion etc, and there­fore mean­ing­ful and trans­par­ent pub­lic en­gage­ment is es­sen­tial to the process.

“The an­o­dyne word­ing pro­vided by Per­sim­mon in their PAN likely re­sulted in fewer mem­bers of the com­mu­nity at­tend­ing the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion than would oth­er­wise have been the case. This does not ap­pear to com­ply with the coun­cil’s own guide to preap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

And upon re­al­is­ing the PAN is now due to be con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors next Wednesday, a spokesper­son for the trust added yes­ter­day: “KCT ques­tions why this re­port is be­ing sub­mit­ted to the plan­ning com­mit­tee while our for­mal com­plaint about the ear­lier stage in the han­dling of this plan­ning mat­ter is still out­stand­ing.

“Our com­plaint con­cerned the lack of trans­parency in the con­tent of a pub­lic notice re­lat­ing to changes pro­posed for the Lathro Farm site in Kin­ross. The notice failed to iden­tify ex­actly the na­ture of changes pro­posed.

“The notice omit­ted any ref­er­ence to the fact that the ac­tual num­ber of hous­ing units now be­ing pro­posed is nearly dou­ble the num­ber for which the site cur­rently has con­sent. We also note that even in this lengthy re­port to coun­cil­lors there is no men­tion of the num­bers Works con­tin­ues on Lathro Farm

of hous­ing units pro­posed or the fact that the in­ten­tion is the near dou­bling of that pre­vi­ously agreed within the same space.

“KCT con­sid­ers this to be an en­tirely un­sat­is­fac­tory sit­u­a­tion that re­quires thor­ough

in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

But a PKC spokesper­son replied yes­ter­day: “The let­ter of com­plaint will be re­sponded to in due course but it is be­ing treated as a sep­a­rate is­sue to the PAN be­ing con­sid­ered by the com­mit­tee.”


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