New homes developer wins appeal

Scottish Government

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A developer has been given the go ahead to build two new homes near Soroba House in Oban, overturning a decision by Argyll and Bute planners.

But there are nine conditions, including landscaping and a structural bridge survey,  attached to the appeal decision from the Scottish Government’s reporter that gives consent to Graham MacEachen.

The appeal was allowed on August 5 almost one year after Argyll and Bute rejected Mr MacEachen’s planning application to build on land south east of Elderslie.

Mr MacEachen’s claim for cost of the appeal was not granted by the reporter Gordon Reid who found the council  had not acted in an unreasonable manner resulting in liability for expenses.

One of the reasons Mr MacEachen believed he should have costs reimbursed was because he claimed Argyll and Bute Council had refused his plans because of local opposition, where that opposition was not founded upon valid planning reasons.

The appeal proposal attracted 18 letters of representation raising concerns regarding
the impact of the proposed development in terms of over development of the area, traffic and pedestrian safety, parking, drainage, flooding and the condition and structural integrity of the existing bridge.

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