CAIRNDOW DECISION DEFERRED
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 10:53 Written by Aileen Friday, 21 October 2011 14:07
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PLANS for a development which would bring much-needed new homes to a Loch Fyne community have been delayed - despite a full hearing to discuss the proposals.
Ardkinglas Estate submitted an application for 16 new houses, a childcare centre and seven commercial units on land adjacent to its existing sawmill at Clachan, near Cairndow.
The plans have been in the pipeline for some years now and were discussed at a meeting of Argyll and Bute Council's planning committee in September.
Although planning officers had recommended refusal, citing development density, the area's panoramic quality and objections from some parts of the community, councillors indicated their desire to find a way of approving the plans.
They pointed out the fact that there are employment opportunities available in Cairndow, but not enough houses - an unusual situation for a small community.
The committee members agreed to hold a full hearing, which took place in Strachur hall on Friday October 21.
But after considerable discussion, a final decision was deferred again - and will not be made until the committee next meets in Kilmory on November 23.
Full coverage of Friday's hearing to follow in the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard.