Consultation on Stranraer conservation area

Dumfries and Galloway councillors have agreed that plans for the Stranraer conservation area character appraisal should go out for public consultation.

The character appraisal seeks to identify and describe the factors that contribute to the area’s character and how it will be protected and managed. The appraisal also seeks to identify and describe where change is considered as desirable, possible or undesirable, giving clear guidance on future planning decisions.

The town’s character appraisal will guide the council in making planning decisions, ensuring that Stranraer is allowed to develop and adjust to modern needs and that the conservation area continues to evolve with the town.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chairman of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee said: “Many of our towns have interesting buildings which we need to be protected for future generation. I would encourage people in Stranraer to comment on the character appraisal, it’s an important document and will be used to protect Stranraer’s unique identity and heritage.”

The consultative draft supplementary guidance will be published for public consultation on the Council website and will be available in libraries for inspection for a 6 week period. It is proposed to have an afternoon/early evening drop in session in Stranraer library as part of the public consultation. The comments received during the public consultation will be reported back to Committee before the Supplementary Guidance is finalised and submitted to Scottish Ministers for adoption. This process can only take place after the LDP has been formally adopted subject to the outcome of the consultation and subsequent progress of the statutory processes.