Date announced for Ascog care home hearing

A DATE has been announced for the public hearing which will decide whether to grant permission for a new 30-bed residential care home in Ascog.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) will consider the application, by local developer Ian Woollcott, at a meeting at Rothesay Pavilion on Tuesday, September 13 at 2pm.

PPSL members decided last month that in view of the large number of representations both for and against the proposal - with a total of 38 received at the time of writing - it would be appropriate to hold a discretionary hearing before reaching a decision.

The authority’s planning department has recommended approval of the application because of the traditional finish to the proposed building, the location of the site, to the north of Ascog Mansions (the former Railway Convalescent Home), in an established settlement zone, and because they say it would not be out of character due to the presence of other large buildings in the area with substantial grounds.

Objectors to the proposal have raised issues of road safety and the possible impact of the development on wildlife, trees and neighbouring properties.

The island’s Westminster MP Alan Reid and Holyrood constituency MSP Michael Russell, while not commenting on the application specifically, have both expressed their support for improved care provision on Bute for the island’s elderly residents.

The council has written to all respondents and statutory consultees to invite them to attend the hearing.