Braes of the Carse Conservation Group
For those of you who have been keeping an eye on the progress of the planning application for Myreside Steading, Pitroddie we have some important news to report. In the March newsletter we told you we were still awaiting the decision of the Scottish Government Reporter in connection with the appeal against Perth & Kinross Council’s decision to refuse the planning application for 8 new houses. Last year, despite a recommendation for approval by the planning officer, the Council’s Development Control Committee unanimously refused the application after representations were put to them by BCCG and others on a variety of matters. Just a few of the arguments put forward were that there were serious flooding and drainage issues with the site, the farm building was not genuinely “redundant”, the scale, density and character of the development was totally inappropriate to its setting and it could not be suitably landscaped. Having carried out a site visit and carefully considered all of the arguments the Reporter has now refused the developer’s appeal.
BCCG and our local Pitroddie/Kilspindie members are delighted at this decision. Many hours of hard work by BCCG and a number of people in the local community helped to achieve this result. It is sometimes easy to feel that we cannot make a difference, but this decision clearly shows that when individuals get together and present a well reasoned case then community views are sometimes not only listened to…. but prevail.
Unfortunately two of our three applications for funding for our proposed bird nestbox and tree planting project have been unsuccessful. In the same way as in all other areas of life, grant money is tight at the moment so we just have to keep our fingers crossed for success in our third application which is to Tayside Biodiversity Action Fund. Once we have funding in place we will let you know how members can become involved.
We have supported the joint bid of Perth & Kinross Countryside and Heritage Trusts to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding for their proposed Landscape Partnership Scheme. They have a number of projects relating to important heritage landscape features that we hope to be involved with where they relate to the Braes of the Carse area e.g. historic orchards and iron-age hill forts. There is also a proposed project about the early settlers in Mesolithic Tayside and we understand that the Braes area is of particular interest in this connection.
We will continue to liaise with the Historic Orchard Forum to provide a united front to protect our heritage orchards and the local biodiversity. Along with HOF we have jointly asked the Conservation Officer at PKC to consider placing a Tree Preservation Order on the heritage orchard at Wester Ballindean where recent felling of poplars adjacent to the historic fruit trees has caused concern.
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.