Keep Ganavan Green

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 continuing to seek feedback from all those who use the Ganavan ‘Green Space’ as to what they would like to see there instead of housing.

The area we’re talking about is the 12-hectare site behind the beaches and the surrounding hills designated in the proposed Local Development Plan as Potential Development Area (PDA) P4023 and already used for sport, recreation and leisure.
Ganavan’s beaches, the car park and the thin strip of land behind the car park and beach up to the fenceline are NOT affected by plans for PDA4023.

FoG has been campaigning to ask Argyll and Bute council and their planning team to remove the Ganavan PDA and leave the area as open green space for our communities to use now and in the future.

Planners have stated they will NOT remove the Ganavan PDA despite evidence presented from the FoG community survey outlining complete opposition to further housing at Ganavan.

Planners have now asked for feedback from the community as to what Ganavan’s green space COULD be used for in terms of tourism, recreation and community use.
So, if we don’t want houses, what do we want to see on Ganavan’s green space?

We are asking our FB group and all in our communities what would be the most appropriate use of Ganavan that would benefit health and wellbeing and keep Ganavan as Green as possible. And where on the area would people like to see things.

We have already had suggestions – nature trails and interpretation boards, general walks with interpretation boards, outdoor education facilities (small eco-interpretation centre covering nature, geology, and Second World War interest), free dog running area, bird and squirrel hides, playpark for children, changing facilities for shinty pitch users and dedicated ‘bootcamp’ area to allow people to do outdoor exercise classes.

FoG need your feedback to present to Argyll and Bute council planners asap. As well as our Facebook poll you can email with suggestions and for a survey poll.