Kilmelford holiday let plans approved

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Plans for a holiday let cottage in Kilmelford have been unanimously approved.

The proposal by Alison Sinclair for the facility in the garden ground of Otter Bay were given the green light by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing (PPSL) committee last week.

Oban North and Lorn councillor Andrew Vennard, who is not a member of the PPSL committee, had submitted one of 17 objections to the plans, citing concerns over the water supply around the site.

But the committee members did not share his doubts and unanimously agreed with a council planning officer’s recommendation to grant planning permission.

A report on the application stated: ‘In terms of the adopted ‘Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan’ (LDP) 2015, the application site is located within the minor settlement of Kames where Policy LDP DM 1 gives encouragement to small scale development on appropriate sites subject to compliance with other relevant policies and supplementary guidance.

‘Policy LDP 5 and SG LDP TOUR 1 give support to new businesses and tourist facilities which help deliver sustainable economic growth throughout the area.

‘[This is] subject to a number of criteria being met, including respecting the landscape character and amenity of the area; being reasonably accessible by public transport and being well related to the existing settlement pattern of development.

‘The determining factors in the assessment of this application are whether or not the scale and design of the proposed development is acceptable for its site and surroundings, including its impact upon the character and amenity of the area. It is also necessary to address access, infrastructure and servicing concerns.

‘It is considered that the site represents a suitable opportunity for small scale tourism development with the proposed holiday letting unit within the garden ground of the existing dwellinghouse consistent with the relevant provisions of the Development Plan and benefitting the local economy in accordance with one of the central challenges for Argyll and Bute; that of delivering sustainable economic growth.

‘It is recommended that planning permission be granted.’

No questions were asked by councillors during the PPSL committee meeting, and as a result, the committee chairman, Councillor David Kinniburgh, moved the officer’s recommendation.