Housing plan near Oban now off the cards

Andrew Galloway, Local Democracy Reporter

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Plans to build 12 new homes at the site of a former retirement home near Oban have been withdrawn by developers.

Andrew Jamieson and Diane Kerr submitted the application for the former Ossians retirement home site at North Connel in July 2018.

The plans would have seen six flats and six houses situated on the site, but Argyll and Bute Council announced this week that the proposals have now been withdrawn.

It has not been made clear whether the plans, which attracted two objections from the public, will be re-submitted.

In a supporting covering statement which was submitted as part of the original application in 2018, agents North Planning and Development set out the plans.

Director Graeme Laing said: ‘While the proposed development constitutes medium scale residential development in a minor settlement, the scale of development is justified given the site’s consenting history, specifically the fact that it has previously had consent for the development of 24 properties.

‘Furthermore, the scale of the proposals can be justified in terms of their ability to counter population decline, their contribution to the delivery of affordable housing and because the site can comfortably accommodate the scale of the development proposed.

‘In terms of design, the proposed development proposes properties which are one to 2.5 storeys in height, consistent with the general scale and form of existing development in the area.

‘The proposed homes would be finished in a combination of render, larch cladding with slate roofing. These materials are all prevalent in North Connel, ensuring that the proposed development will complement the existing street scene.

‘Our client is committed to bringing forward a development on the land at Ossians which will bring a vacant brownfield site back into meaningful use.

‘In this respect, our client’s application submission presents a development which can be comfortably accommodated on the application site and which will make a positive contribution towards meeting housing need.

‘The submitted proposals are considered to be in accordance with the adopted Local Development Plan and can be viewed positively in terms of the relevant national, strategic and local policy contexts. Consequently, our client’s proposals are commended to Argyll and Bute Council.’

The council contacted the applicants on Wednesday May 27 confirming that as requested, the application had been withdrawn.

Objectors have also been informed.