Plans for houses at old Kingspark School site dead in the wa­ter af­ter coun­cil votes.

Plans: De­vel­op­ers will have to ap­peal to Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

If we do de­cide to im­prove the foot­paths then it should be for the com­mu­nity and not an ap­pli­ca­tion that has al­ready been re­fused

Coun­cil­lors slammed shut the door on plans for 62 homes on the site of the for­mer Kingspark School in Dundee last night.

De­vel­op­ers Per­sim­mon Homes had an ap­pli­ca­tion to build 62 homes on the Gil­burn Road site re­jected last month.

How­ever, due to a quirk of the plan­ning sys­tem, two an­cil­lary ap­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with the site re­mained out­stand­ing.

The first sought to make al­ter­ations to ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the site as well as ex­tend­ing the ex­ist­ing foot­path and the cre­ation of a new foot­path. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing ap­pli­ca­tion sought to re­grade land to level it off.

Be­cause each plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion must be con­sid­ered on it own mer­its, of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended coun­cil­lors ap­prove both ap­pli­ca­tions.

How­ever, mo­tions to re­ject each ap­pli­ca­tion were passed unan­i­mously by coun­cil­lors.

Putting for­ward a mo­tion to re­ject the first ap­pli­ca­tion, Strath­mar­tine SNP coun­cil­lor Ste­wart Hunter said: “There are no ma­te­rial con­sid­er­a­tions that would jus­tify ap­proval.

“I don’t think we should be con­sid­er­ing ap­prov­ing this when we’ve al­ready re­fused the pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion.

“If we do de­cide to im­prove the foot­paths then it should be for the com­mu­nity and not an ap­pli­ca­tion that has al­ready been re­fused.”

The sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion sought to re­align the slop­ing sec­tion of land that runs across the en­tire site.

Al­though there are is­sues with flood­ing, coun­cil of­fi­cers said the re­align­ment would have not made the prob­lem any bet­ter – or worse.

But Labour Strath­mar­tine coun­cil­lor Kevin Keenan said Per­sim­mon’s ap­pli­ca­tion for the 62 homes in­cluded mea­sures de­signed to re­duce flood­ing and if the re­align­ment went ahead it could make prob­lems worse.

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son also urged the ap­pli­ca­tion to be re­jected be­cause it would be detri­men­tal to the site and of no ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

With both ap­pli­ca­tions re­jected, Per­sim­mon Homes will have to ap­peal to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and con­vince them to over­turn Dundee City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion if they want the de­vel­op­ment to go ahead.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed to de­fer a de­ci­sion on a new 23-me­tre telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mast on land to the north of Kirk­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided to de­fer the ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing a dep­u­ta­tion from Stephen Cragg of the Kirk­ton Com­mu­nity and Safety Part­ner­ship, which had put for­ward an al­ter­na­tive pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion.

Mr Cragg said con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posal had been poor.

“We don’t ob­ject to it be­ing in Kirk­ton but we thought there was a bet­ter lo­ca­tion and we’re dis­ap­pointed no coun­cil of­fi­cer came to talk to us,” he said.

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