Keep Ganavan Green – 15.4.21

Ganavan. Photograph: Sheila McIntyre

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Friends of Ganavan (FoG) is committed to protecting the green spaces at Ganavan from further housing. The green space behind the beaches and surrounding hills is designated a Potential Development Area (PDA) P4023 in Argyll and Bute Council’s Local Plan 2 with housing designated alongside tourism and recreation over the 30-acre site. FoG want Argyll and Bute Council to remove the Ganavan PDA from the local plan in order to retain this special green space, without housing, for the benefit of everyone to enjoy.

A look over some of the Argyll and Bute Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environment Report within the Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) has thrown up some interesting points.

Regarding population and human health, the report states: ‘The LDP 2 should support health and wellbeing through promoting outdoor access.’

Much mention is made of the policies and principles of the local plan to safeguard the natural environment in all its facets’ and to ‘increase our sense of well-being’.
Where the report specifically mentions how these aims ‘fit’ with each development zone, there is a question mark for population and human health in the Ganavan PDA P4023. (Appendices -page 82.)

FoG feels this evidence suggests local development planners are well aware that housing development at Ganavan is not conducive with the overall aims of the LDP2 regarding population and human health. The council’s own report appears to be questioning whether development would compromise this area and be contrary to the aims of supporting health and wellbeing through outdoor access.

Plans for more housing development at Ganavan would definitely contravene recreational open space. LDP2 Policy 26 Recreational open space in this area is too valuable for our local communities and visitors to lose.

Argyll and Bute’s economic success is built on a growing population – a growing population goes hand in hand with recreation and the need for space – to provide the population with ‘things to do’, ‘healthy living’ and ‘space to breathe’. (Policy 6, 26, 50.)

Ganavan and the surrounding area plays a vital role for our communities to make the area ‘healthy’ to live and work in. Removing the Ganavan PDA would retain the area as open space for recreation for the health and wellbeing of all.

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