Planning applications outside council guidelines

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Four high-profile planning applications in Galloway due to come before elected members at next Wednesday’s planning committee meeting have been recommended for refusal by council planning officers.

Flooding concerns have been raised over plans for a caravan site at Wigtown Harbour by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s flood risk management team and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Both organisations noted that the site lies within an area with a “one in 200 years probability of medium to high risk of flooding”. The proposed caravan site and house do not meet the necessary policy tests on caravan and chalet development and housing in the countryside in principal and are contrary to both the local authority’s development plan and local plan. A wind turbine included in the plans also conflicted with the council’s planning policy on wind energy development.

Planning officers are also recommending that an application to build three houses at Tonderghie Road, Isle of Whithorn is refused. The reasons given were “the proposed development would neither preserve nor enhance the special character and appearance of the Isle of Whithorn Outstanding Conservation Area and would not conform with or enhance the inherent character and layout of the locality.”

A 150-foot high wind turbine at Larg Farm, Creetown would “overwhelm” the unique Galloway landscape and would result in significant adverse environmental effects on the scenic interest and integrity of the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area” according to the council’s planning department.

The application for the 45.6m three-blade turbine is also recommended for refusal. The council received 57 letters of objection to the turbine and 27 letters of support. A 27-metre high turbine is already operating at this location.

Finally, plans to build a double garage and addition accommodation at Leys-of-Homepark near Creetown have been recommended for refusal by planning officers as “the proposed extension would overwhelm and dominate the original building by virtue of it being to large and out of proportion. The scale of the extension would not reflect the original character of the building and would lead to the original dwellinghouse being over-dominated by the unsympathetic mass and scale of the proposed extension.”