A Rothesay couple have been refused permission to build a new single-storey dwelling house on ground next to their home.
Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee turned down the application by Mr and Mrs N.J. Crawford for permission to build within the rear garden of their home at 45 Mountstuart Road.
Eleven members of the public objected to the proposal, which was considered by the council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) at a meeting in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.
Permission for a one-and-a-half storey property on the same site was refused in 2007, and an appeal against refusal was dismissed the following year.
A report prepared for Wednesday’s meeting by planning officer Steven Gove stated that the new building would be “an incongruous encroachment” between the two tiers of houses in Mountstuart Road and Crichton Road, both part of the Rothesay conservation area.
Mr Gove’s report also said a new house on the site would be “a discordant introduction” into the setting of the B-listed Royal Terrace building, of which 45 Mountstuart Road is a part, and that “the scale and design of the proposed dwellinghouse do not pay due regard to the high quality architectural characteristics of residential buildings in the vicinity of the site”.
The applicants argued that three planning applications in the area - in Bogany Road, Eastlands Road and at the former St Brendan’s Church in Mountstuart Road - have been granted since their previous application was turned down and that the design and style of the new proposal would make it unobtrusive.
They also said the proposal was “practically a carbon copy” of an approved development in nearby Bogany Road, and that it “simply constitutes infill development on an infill site”.