Keep Ganavan Green – 22.4.21

A drone captures the area Friends of Ganavan says is under threat of development. Photograph: James Gray

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Friends of Ganavan (FoG) is committed to protecting the green spaces at Ganavan to ensure the area is retained for the health, wellbeing and enjoyment of everyone.

Last week FoG gave a presentation to Oban, Lorn and the Isles councillors at their Business Day meeting. This presentation outlined the results of the Friends of
Ganavan community survey, collected from August 2020 to February 2021, which
totalled 2951 returns. The survey invited feedback on the green spaces surrounding
the beaches at Ganavan including the shinty/football pitch, cycle path, surrounding
hills and woodland.

If anyone wants to complete a form, the survey is still running via the FoG Facebook page and group or via

Councillor Roddy McCuish said he thought the survey had really shown
how people feel about Ganavan and that he was prepared to work with the ward
councillors to let the full council members know of the importance of Ganavan. Cllr
Elaine Robertson and Jim Lynch also added their support.

FoG have been told the removal of the area under threat of housing development (PDA P4023) would lead to a long delay in completion of the Local Development
plan (LDP2).

Councillor McCuish said if it took longer for the LDP2 to be completed, then this should happen in order to get the plan correctly amended to best reflect the views of
the community.

The presentation can be seen at
In evidence of why Ganavan should not be developed for housing, FoG read out statements from the council’s LDP2 plan.

‘The policies and principle of the local plan need to safeguard the natural
environment in all its facets and increase our sense of well-being.’

And also: ‘The coastal area of Argyll and Bute is an exceptional asset. The coastline is of national, and in some parts international significance, containing many areas of special landscape and ecological significance. It is therefore important that the character and environmental qualities of the coast are protected from inappropriate development, and development that requires a coastal location is directed to the least environmentally sensitive areas.’

All the above state that Ganavan is an exceptional asset. When this is part of the
LDP2 written statement, why is the planning department citing a proposed development area here?