Vil­lagers ob­ject to es­tate plans

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Plans to build an es­tate of­fice and four chalets for shoot­ing par­ties near Gar­gun­nock are to be the sub­ject of a hear­ing.

Stir­ling Coun­cil’s plan­ning panel will visit Leckie Es­tate be­fore de­cid­ing on two ap­pli­ca­tions by David Stir­ling.

One pro­poses build­ing a two­s­torey es­tate of­fice on land near East Lodge.

The other aims to cre­ate four guest chalets 200 me­tres west of the lodge.

Coun­cil plan­ners rec­om­mended ap­proval of both ap­pli­ca­tions but lo­cal coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Lam­bie high­lighted com­mu­nity con­cerns about the plans.

Gar­gun­nock Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has ob­jected to both ap­pli­ca­tions, with a fur­ther 14 in­di­vid­u­als ob­ject­ing to the es­tate of­fice and 18 to the chalets.

The ob­jec­tions raise is­sues with en­vi­ron­men­tal harm and in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment say the of­fice build­ing is too big.

Coun­cil plan­ners said: “The Leckie Es­tate was re­cently pur­chased by the ap­pli­cant.

“The ap­pli­cant’s busi­ness case sets out that the ex­ist­ing farm­ing and forestry ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide a very lim­ited com­mer­cial re­turn for the es­tate, which has seen lit­tle in­vest­ment.

“These chalets are seen as an in­trin­sic part of help­ing to se­cure the vi­a­bil­ity of the es­tate. The pro­posed chalets are to pro­vide guest ac­com­mo­da­tion for shoot­ing par­ties.”

Farewell Mar­garet Vass and David Frood

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