Public meeting to discuss plan issues?

A councillor has called for concerns about new sites being earmarked for development to be heard at a public meeting.

Additional areas for development in Argyll and Bute Council’s Local Development Plan were listed at the Helensburgh and Lomond area committee meeting today (Tuesday).

They included proposals for housing and a restaurant/cafe on Fort Road in Kilcreggan.

Councillor George Freeman told the meeting: “There are some areas in the proposals that I have concerns about, particularly on the Rosneath Peninsula and the Fort Road site.

“That site raises real, serious concerns with the community. When we look back to the previous Local Plan and some of the issues that were raised by the Portkil area, they were very contentious.”

George Freeman

He called for the council to organise a public meeting in Cove Burgh Hall: “There are some other sites on the peninsula, such as the Mill Brae, and these could all be dealt with in the one public meeting.”

Planning officer Mark Lodge stressed that there would be a formal consultation period: “Members will be able to make a decision on which sites go forward at a later date. This report is here just to allow a debate to open on what will go ahead in Kilcreggan,” he said.

The committee agreed with his recommendation that the additional sites be added to the Local Development Plan, with this being advertised for 28 days.

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