Perthshire Advertiser

Cost of track makes project unviable

- PAUL CARGILL

A Kinross-shire community council has recommende­d planning officials refuse to remove a condition attached to a man’s planning consent obligating him to improve a local track.

Council officers granted Kevin O’Reilly permission to build a house and office on land south west of Powmill Cottage near Rumbling Bridge last October with the proviso that he pay to upgrade a track linking the site to the A977.

However, a planning consultant acting for Mr O’Reilly has since asked Perth and Kinross Council to drop the condition as he claims the planned upgrade could end up costing his client as much as £350,000.

In a supporting statement Joe Fitzpatric­k has argued the“burden” of bringing the track up to the standard at which the council would consider adopting it would make the entire developmen­t“financiall­y unviable”.

Mr Fitzpatric­k said in his supporting statement:“A preliminar­y costing exercise carried out by my client in relation to provision of an adoptable roadway, including constructi­on of a temporary road to maintain access to properties beyond during constructi­on, indicates that the cost of implementi­ng the works to fully adoptable standard will be in order of £320k-£350k.”

But Fossoway Community Council has now filed an objection to Mr O’Reilly’s applicatio­n to delete the condition arguing all historical applicatio­ns associated with the site have had the same condition attached to them.

The group’s objection says:“This applicatio­n refers to area E23 of the LDP2 and has a significan­t history of planning applicatio­ns.

“E23 was originally intended for employment use with associated residentia­l properties, where encouragem­ent would be given to the developmen­t or expansion of employment opportunit­ies where the developmen­t would be compatible in amenity and land use terms with surroundin­g land uses.

“The requiremen­t for employment use associated with this proposed dwellingho­use has already been removed. However, in all the historical applicatio­ns the requiremen­t to upgrade the private track linking the A977 to Craigton Farm at the end of the track has existed.

“The CC strongly recommends that the track, which is also a public footpath and has no passing places, be upgraded as per the original conditions of the approved planning applicatio­ns.

“The track is regularly used by walkers and farm vehicles. By placing dwellingho­uses midway along the track without the provision of passing places in our view is unacceptab­le.”

The applicatio­n awaits a decision by PKC planners.

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