Braes of the Carse Conservation Group
Our main focus in June and July was the preparation of the Group’s response on behalf of its members to a very important document for the future of our area - the TAYPlan Main Issues Report (MIR). The MIR will ultimately lead to the provision of a strategic approach to development across Tayside for the next 20 years. It offered a choice of options for consultation and the options agreed from the MIR will in due course form the basis of the Local Development Plan.
The MIR proposed 2 strategies for major housing growth affecting Perthshire.
Option A focussed new housing in the major centres of Perth and Dundee.
Option B still focussed housing in Perth and Dundee but also proposed major development in the Carse of Gowrie corridor whether by the enlargement of existing settlements, the construction of a whole new town or a combination of both.
BCCG members were canvassed for their opinions so that a Group response could be prepared and they were also encouraged to submit their own comments to the MIR by the online process.
A detailed response was submitted indicating the reasons why BCCG considered that Option A should be the preferred option. Our members known views were reflected in our response. We can take some comfort from the fact that Option A was the preferred option brought out in the MIR itself but we cannot be complacent. We hope that Option A will still be TAYPlan’s preferred option once all of the comments from interested parties have been considered. The closing date for comments was in July and it is anticipated that general responses to the comments and the Proposed Plan will not be issued by TAYPlan until February 2011. At this stage we will have a further opportunity to comment.
A copy of the full BCCG response to the MIR is available on our website.
We also wrote to TAYPlan about the difficulties encountered by some members in using the quite complicated online facility to register their comments. We have been promised that the system will be simplified for the future – we’ll wait and see!
We have also been working on our own Group’s Development Plan with the help of Gill Motion our local Community Capacity Building Worker. This will ensure we have real focus going forward, clear objectives for the Group and how we are going to achieve them.
And finally...we are delighted to report a major success for BCCG and its members in the Pitroddie/Kilspindie area at the recent August Development Control Committee meeting of PKC. Despite a recommendation for approval by the Planning Department the controversial proposed development of 8 new houses at Myreside Steading, Pitroddie was unanimously refused by the Councillors. Following a presentation by the applicant’s agent two BCCG local members spoke eloquently against the proposed development drawing to the Councillors’ attention many of their own and national policies that it would contravene and in particular highlighting flooding and drainage issues and the fact that the existing farm building was not “redundant”. A good turnout in the public gallery also made sure the Councillors were aware of local feelings against the proposed development. The positive result from this DCC meeting highlights just what can be achieved with well researched and reasoned argument and justifies all of the hard work and effort put into the opposition of the development by local members. The present battle has been won…but, unfortunately the war is not yet over as the applicant still has the right to appeal the Council’s decision. We will keep you posted.
For further information about joining BCCG please contact our Secretary Marilyn Webb 01821 670374
or apply direct on our website www.BraesoftheCarse.org
New members are always welcome.