Braes of the Carse Conservation Group
We told you in the last newsletter that we had had no success at that point in securing funding for our proposed bird nestbox building and tree planting projects and that we were keeping our fingers crossed for our third and final application which was to Tayside Biodiversity Action Fund. We are delighted to let you know that we have just heard that our application for funding for both projects has been recommended for approval by the trustees of the PKC’s Quality of Life Trust. Once final approval is granted we will be letting you know how you can become involved in the projects.
We continue to liaise with the Historic Orchard Forum to try to provide a united front to protect our heritage orchards. Unfortunately the joint request put to the Conservation Officer at PKC to consider placing a Tree Preservation Order on the heritage orchard at Wester Ballindean where felling of poplars adjacent to the historic fruit trees had caused concern was turned down. The Council’s view was that a TPO was not necessary as the orchard was already sufficiently protected from any building development through existing development plan policies. They also indicated that future resurrection, maintenance and management of historic orchards in the Carse was an intended project if their application for lottery funding for the Tayside Landscape Partnership Scheme was successful.
TAYPlan considers the big changes that will shape the next 20 years of our lives across Dundee City, Angus, Perth & Kinross and North Fife. It identifies where new development should and should not go and provides an area wide strategy for future development
Last year BCCG sought its members views on the TAYPlan Main Issue Report and we responded (as well as to the more recent Perth & Kinross Council MIR) putting forward your agreement to their proposed strategy which focussed development in the main settlements of Perth and Dundee and discouraged major development in the Carse. The TAYPlan Proposed Plan issued earlier this year followed the same strategy and we responded before the deadline of 1st August again supporting the strategy. Our detailed response can be seen on our website. (The PKC draft Local Development Plan is not scheduled to be issued until December 2011or early 2012.)
And finally….the saga of future development at Myreside steading, Pitroddie rumbles on. Within days of the Scottish Government Reporter’s refusal of the developer’s appeal against PKC’s decision to refuse planning for 8 houses the developer had submitted a new plan to PKC for a single house in front of the existing farmhouse. This appeared a thinly veiled attempt to commence piecemeal applications for development of the whole site and thus an attempt to circumvent the planning system. We have asked PKC to look closely at all aspects of this new application as, for example, the proposed complex and costly drainage arrangements would appear not to be financially viable for just one house. We will report further in the next newsletter.
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, whether living in the Braes area or not, are always welcome.