Islay cabins refused

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A plan to build a house and three holiday cabins at Portnahaven on Islay, which attracted 36 objections, has been refused by Argyll and Bute Council.

Councillors on the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee, on Wednesday April 20, agreed with officers’ recommendation to turn down the proposal for a dwellinghouse, three holiday cabins, an ancillary building, and car park ‘within the ‘countryside’ zone adjacent to the ‘settlement’ area of Portnahaven,’ the minutes said.

‘The proposal is considered to be contrary to the provisions of the Local Development Plan settlement strategy, and is considered likely to give rise to significant adverse impacts upon the landscape character of the North and West Islay Coast Area of Panoramic Quality, and upon the character, appearance and setting of the Portnahaven and Port Wemyss Conservation Area.

‘The proposal has been subject to 36 third party representations raising objection, and one third party submission making observation both for and against various aspects of the proposal. An objection has also been received from Roads. Other consultees have not objected subject to conditions.’