Lonan Drive housing plan withdrawn

Lonan Drive campaigners were celebrating on Tuesday after hearing the planning application had been withdrawn.

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A plan to build up to 44 more homes on Lonan Drive in Oban has been withdrawn by the applicant.

A local hearing scheduled for Monday May 28 at Oban’s Corran Halls has now been cancelled, councillors were notified on Tuesday afternoon.

The move comes after around 100 people gathered in the area to protest on Friday last week.

Indicative plans, submitted by applicant TSL Contractors Ltd, showed a mix of 44 flats and semi-detached houses in 12 blocks on land currently used for ‘informal recreation’.

Forty-two objections were lodged by local residents and Oban community councillors, who argued it was the ‘only green area’ within an area of high density housing, with an ‘already overloaded’ road network and a ‘too narrow’ entrance.

Argyll and Bute Council’s roads department carried out a U-turn on the plan, and recommended the planning application be refused, because the entrance appears to be too narrow ‘to construct a road to adoptable standards’.