Villagers object to estate plans
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