Reporter refuses permission for new village at Perth West
17 September 2012
Following an inquiry and hearing sessions, on 12 September a Reporter refused the planning appeal brought by developers against the refusal by Perth and Kinross Council of an application for 1,800 new homes, a primary school and other facilities. The majority of the application site had been allocated in the Local Plan for housing and employment uses. Subject to a condition, the Reporter found that the proposal would accord with the Local Plan. However in the emerging Local Development Plan, the site was no longer identified for housing. Consultation on the emerging plan had concluded. It was anticipated it would be adopted at the end of 2013. It was not known whether the appeal site would be allocated or not for housing. However, the Reporter attached significant weight to the emerging plan. She took the view that she could not predetermine where a large proportion of the required houses in west Perth would be located. The successful development of west Perth was central to the city’s future, with far reaching implications for Perth and Kinross and the region as a whole. Therefore the application was premature pending adoption of the Local Development Plan.
In addition the Reporter refused the developer’s application for expenses notwithstanding her view that the Council’s refusal of planning permission was unreasonable. There were other reasonable grounds for refusal that would have been open to the Council.
Ruth Crawford, QC represented Perth and Kinross Council.
The decision letters can be found at http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk reference number PPA-340-2065
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