Application to extend Port Logan hotel recommended for refusal

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A controversial application to extend the Port Logan Bay Hotel will go before the planning committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council next Wednesday but the recommendation is to refuse on the grounds it breaches Dumfries and Galloway Council planning guidelines.

This latest application from hotel owner Mr A Kyle comes before the committee six months after the council served him with enforcement and stop notices after unauthorised work was being carried out at the property.

Mr Kyle wants alter and extend the hotel, formerly known as Port Logan Inn, by building extensions to the front, both sides and rear of the property to provide accommodation on four levels and, so far, has lodged four planning applications with the council. But planning officers are asking elected members to refuse the application on the grounds that “the proposed development neither has regard to the existing pattern and character of development of the building itself and the group of buildings of which it forms part, nor to local building styles. As such, the proposal would have an unacceptable adverse effect on the townscape of Port Logan.”

The planning department received nine objections to the application on the grounds that “the stone columns / pillars to the front elevation are inappropriate and out of keeping with a small fishing village; the proportions of the building would be out of keeping with the character of the village; the increased front projection of extension restricts visibility, causes blind spots at a busy entrance to the village and is a significant threat to road safety and that the construction carried out to date was grotesque.”

Ten letters of support for the application were received by planning outwith the time allowed for representation.