Party house disturbs the peace

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A former guesthouse in Albert Road is allegedly being used for parties, disturbing the peace of a quiet neighbourhood.

Oban Community Council heard that when Thornloe was run as a guesthouse it had someone in charge to manage it but since it became a multi-room property for individuals to hire there are parties going on late into the night and police have been called.

Decking with a Jacuzzi has been built without permission and retrospective go ahead is now being sought changing it to holiday letting accommodation.

The planning application 21/02154/PP is for installation of replacement decking and change of use from guest house to holiday letting accommodation (retrospective).

Community councillors are concerned the changes at the three-storey Victorian house overlooking Oban Bay are not appropriate for the surroundings.

A final decision is still to be made by planners.

The owners have told planners the original decking was found to be in poor condition and potentially unsafe when they were buying the property. They decided to replace it but misunderstood the rules regarding the height of it. It was assumed planning permission was not needed. Following advice from the planning department, a change of use to being a holiday let is also being sought.

Concerns were also raised at the meeting about a building next to Oban Congregational Church that was originally built for student accommodation but post-pandemic is now used for Airbnb.

The meeting heard it was exacerbating problems for students coming to the town and looking for places to stay, especially those heading to SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science).

‘I think it’s a disgrace that students can’t use it,’ said community council convener Marri Malloy.