Planners back Ascog care home proposal

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PLANNING officials from Argyll and Bute Council have recommended the approval of an application to build a 30-bed care home in Ascog.

A report to be considered by the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) on Wednesday recommends the approval, subject to the holding of a ‘discretionary hearing’, of the application by local developer Ian Woollcott for a residential care home, new access and private sewage treatment plant.

A 16-page report prepared by planning officer Steven Gove reveals that 13 objections have been received to the proposal – and that there have also been 13 expressions of support.

Mr Gove states in his report that the authority considers the erection of a large, detached building, with substantial grounds, “would accord with the general pattern of development in Ascog”, citing past institutional uses for Ascog Mansion, next to the development site, as a railway convalescent home; the Agnes Patrick Home (now Chandlers Hotel) and Stevenson School; Balmory Hall, now a luxury B&B; and Southpark, formerly used as a residential school by Argyll and Bute Council.

Wednesday’s meeting of the PPSL, to be held in the council chambers at the authority’s Kilmory headquarters, will also consider an application by Mr Hugh Cole to change the use of the former Rothesay Free Church in the town’s Chapelhill Road to a dwelling house with Class 4 business use and storage, including the erection of raised decking, replacement windows, alterations to openings, the installation of rooflights and a boiler flue and the provision of three parking spaces.

Mr Cole’s proposal – to which 16 representations have been received from members of the public, raising a variety of concerns – would involve altering the building to provide business and storage use on the ground floor and a four-bedroomed flatted house on the upper floor.

Mr Gove’s report to the committee recommends that planning permission be refused because “the incongruous French doors, the substantial raised decking, the inappropriate windows and the excessive number of rooflights would have a significantly adverse effect on the character and appearance of this Category B listed building”.

In addition, the report recommends refusal in respect of the proposed business use because “the shortfall in off-street parking of five spaces would result in the demand for the parking of vehicles on the public road in a relatively narrow and congested thoroughfare”.

* To view the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting in full, click on the link to the right of this story (‘PPSL agenda - Aug 24th’).