Community Councils are statutory consultees for planning applications. Important local applications are flagged up at our meetings, often in advance via the Office Bearers’ Report, which is subsequently appended to the minutes. Current live issues are listed below. We have some general information on planning on another page.
Former Cluny Centre An application has been made for a change of use to a nursery and wedding venue. The latter is a matter of serious concern to neighbouring residents as discussed at our meetings in on 21 February and 21 March. We have lodged objections to the application for change of use and the linked application for listed building consent. Planning officials recommended refusal but the hearing by the Planning Committee was pre-empted by the developer appealing to the Scottish Government Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) on grounds of “non-determination” – ie the Council exceeded the statutory time limit for considering the application. The DPEA Reporter visited the site on 26 July and subsequently refused the application. We await the owner’s next move.
7 Canaan Lane (site of former public toilets) The application for a 6-storey block of 11 flats was turned down at the planning committee. An appeal went to the Scottish Government Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) and was refused. A new application was made, reference 18/01506/FU, for a 5-storey block but with the same overall height as the original. This was granted on 20 June.