Green light for Rothesay playpark plans

Proposals for a new playpark in Rothesay, next to the town’s leisure centre, have taken a significant step forward after the project was given planning permission.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) approved the Project Playpark Partnership’s application at a meeting in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.

The application had been recommended for approval in spite of objections from two Rothesay residents, David Flowers and Elizabeth Chandler; council planning officials said it was “entirely consistent” with the authority’s planning policy of supporting proposals which improve sporting and recreational facilities within populated and accessible locations.

Following a comment on our Facebook page from Mrs Chandler, who said the venue for the PPSL meeting was “hardly public to the residents of Bute”, we sought guidance from Argyll and Bute Council on how planning applications were currently determined by the authority.

A spokesperson said: “Local planning applications such as the Rothesay play park are usually determined by the area planning officer in accordance with the council’s scheme of delegation.

“However, where there are significant individual representations (more than ten) or where the council has an interest (for example, it is the applicant or owns the land) applications are decided by the planning, protective services and licensing committee.

“Planning legislation and regulations outline several circumstances where a particular application should also be decided by committee.

“For local applications, discretionary hearings are sometimes held when an application has attracted more than 20 individual representations.

“In such cases, the council will also be guided by the local development plan and the grounds of any representations in this context, as well as the degree of local interest or controversy.

“Hearings are generally held in a venue close to the application site in order to increase public access.”