Planning Application Rejected
Allanwater Developments’ application for planning permission for an office block has been rejected by the Planning Authority (Stirling Council). The application was for a block to be built on the footprint of the old Holmehill House.
The Decision Notice issued by the Planning Authority on 20th February gives 12 reasons for rejection. These can be summarised as
- The proposed development would adversely affect the open space at Holmehill, which forms an important part of the existing network of formal and informal public and private open spaces in Dunblane.
- It will not preserve and enhance the architectural and landscape qualities of the Dunblane Conservation Area.
- It does not accord with the special architectural and visual qualities of the Conservation Area.
- Suitable access cannot be achieved without damaging the setting and existing listed structures.
- The application gives insufficient information about the effect on the amenity values of the trees and woodlands, or about the effect on flora and fauna.
- The proposed development would damage the network of green corridors and open spaces in Dunblane and Bridge of Allan – Stirling – Bannockburn.
- The proposed office development does not meet the general criteria to be applied to Local Employment Opportunities.
The Council received ninety-seven representations objecting to the proposals, from local residents including seven children, visitors, Dunblane Kirk Session (comprising 83 Elders representing a congregation of 1,200), Holmehill Community Buyout, and the local Dentists Practice. The Community Council met to consider the application, and wrote to object strongly. One letter of support was received.
The official documentation for the rejection can be seen on the Council website. It appears at the end of the list of documents here. The “Decision Notice” and the “Report of Handling” are of particular interest.
We are delighted with this outcome, which recognises the importance of Holmehill as a green space, protected by current planning policies. Thanks to everyone who wrote to the Council to object to the application.