Still time to protect Ganavan

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Argyll and Bute Council still has the chance to wipe Ganavan out of its planning blueprint as a potential development area.

The latest Local Development Plan that highlighted the spot for possible change, including housing and attracted many objections when it went out to public consultation, goes before the full council in June.

At that meeting, the 36 elected members – eight of who represent the Oban and Lorn area, could vote against Ganavan’s inclusion in the plan that has marked it out for potential change over the next 10 years.

But by doing that, the whole masterplan for Argyll and Bute could go back to square one for another consultation causing massive delays, Oban Community Council was told during a Zoom meeting on Monday.

The other option, explained councillor Kieron Green, was for Argyll and Bute to send the LDP2 as its ‘settled view’ along with people’s representations for the Scottish Government’s reporter to make the final call.

Councillor Roddy McCuish and other elected members at Monday’s meeting called on the people of Oban to tell them what way to vote at the June meeting.

He said: ‘At the end of the day it’s down to the 36 elected members of Argyll and Bute whether the plan goes ahead in its totality or there are changes – that will go to the council in June. They will probably receive a recommendation from officers to approve it but then it’s up to the councillors – eight of who reside in Oban and Lorn.’

Councillor Green said: ‘When this comes to the council we can change aspects of the LDP but there’s consequences. We would have to go out for consultation again. We could also just put this to the reporter as the settled view of the council but with  all the imput from the public and say it’s up to you.’