Portpatrick houses facing opposition

PLANS to build 10 houses on the site of the Old House Mill in Portpatrick have been met with objections from six local residents.

Captain and Mrs Mike Thorp have submitted proposals to Dumfries and Galloway Council to demolish the house, at the fork of Heugh Road and Main Street on the road into the village, and replace it with 10 dwelling houses on around 9000 square matres.

But in a planning committee report, neighbours say the development would destroy the “gradual interface between the village and country” and suggest the building works may disturb Japanese knotweed on-site, causing it to spread.

Portpatrick Community Council have not raised an objection but have expressed concern over the increase in traffic, added strain on public facilities and a wish to see pro-rata affordable housing.

Council planners have reccommended the plans for approval and a decision is due to be taken at next Wednesday’s Planning Applications Committee meeting in Dumfries.