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Argyll and Bute Council holds a full council meeting today (Thursday June 24) at which the proposed new Local Plan (PLDP2) for the full council area will be considered.
Everyone will be keeping fingers crossed regarding a good outcome for the Ganavan potential development area (PDA P4023).
The area was highlighted as a PDA in the first local plan. However, concern grew when it also appeared in the second proposed new Local Plan (PLDP2) set aside for housing, recreation and tourism.
A campaign was launched by Friends of Ganavan (FoG) to flag up the importance of this area owned by Dunstaffnage Estate which has been used by the public for generations.
Previous captains of Dunstaffnage gifted the beach, car park area and a thin strip of land behind the beach to the people of Oban and their visitors. It is the area behind this, covering 12.3 hectares, including the level green spaces and surrounding hills, that is designated for potential development. The shinty pitch is said to be ‘protected’.
A community survey carried out by FoG showed an overwhelming desire to protect PDA 4023 and to preserve it for the benefit of local communities and visitors. In particular, a significant majority did not want to see any more housing built in this area.
Feedback showed everyone wanted to ‘Keep Ganavan Green’.
A second survey of potential appropriate land use showed most respondents wanted an outdoor education facility such as a small eco interpretation and learning centre.
This could highlight the rich diversity of the area in question, both ecologically, geologically and historically. Ganavan was an important Second World War seaplane base with a fascinating story to tell. The wildlife and birdlife is documented as astounding.
People also wanted to see nature and historical trails in keeping with the way Ganavan is today, with many of these already well established over this area.
During the campaign, FoG set up both a group and FB page with the group currently standing at more than 3,600 members. This forum has proved invaluable feedback and evidence of the importance communities and visitors place on this special area.
It is hoped Argyll and Bute Council will respond to the campaign and ‘Keep Ganavan Green’ for current and future generations to enjoy.