Four ‘potential development areas’ in Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne look almost certain to be included in the new Argyll and Bute local development plan - despite concerns over access to the sites and fears over their impact on wildlife, services and property values.
Councillors from Bute and Cowal decided this week to endorse the inclusion of the sites in the new plan after being told that the concerns raised were for potential developers to overcome, not the council.
The four sites concerned all have limited access - three are located off the primarily residential Ardmory Road, while the fourth is at the south-eastern end of what is known locally as the ‘Hydro road’, with the main vehicle access route to the latter being via Gortans Road.
For each site, the council’s report identifies access as “a constraint that will have to be addressed by an applicant as part of any subsequent planning application” and recommends that the areas should “remain in the plan with no modifications”.
Similarly, issues over access to services such as water, electricity and sewerage are deemed to be matters for any future developer to deal with.
On concerns over wildlife, the council’s report states that none of the sites are in areas of local, national or international wildlife importance, while property values are deemed to be “not a material consideration in planning matters”.
Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne community councillor Kevin Bye, who had asked for a review of the Gortans Road access arrangements, said: “I don’t have a problem with the development of the site, but my concern was the size and number of vehicles which would require access.”