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A public hearing will be held on
Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 1400 in the Cathedral Halls?  This is about
Allanwater Development’s attempts to build on the top of Holmehill.



For more detail :
http://www.holmehill.org/TheCampaign/PurchaseNotice.html .  




On 2nd March 2017 Stirling Council’s Local Review Body rejected Allanwater Developments’ two appeals against the Council’s Planners.   Allanwater had put forward two plans for the same spot on the top of Holmehill: one for a luxury private house and the other for an office block.   These were originally rejected last year; yesterday the Council’s Local Review Body confirmed these rejections.

In presenting their decision, members of the LRB noted that planning decisions have to reflect the policies currently in force.   This once again underlined two key points: firstly that although a mansion was demolished on the site 37 years ago, it would be wrong to build another today; and secondly that a planning agreement signed in 1987 is no longer relevant.

Read about the two planning applications

Go to the Homelhill Website and Blog

Image: Stirling Council Headquarters, Viewforth.

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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23rd September update - A further two planning applications have been submitted, this time for offices (with associated parking) and for a house and garden.

Read about the decisions to refuse

Read the backround to the planning applications

Browse the Holmehill website

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Allan Water Developments have submitted 2 new planning applications for Holmehill : one for a Mansion House and one for Offices.


Application for Mansion House : Access all the Documents

Just like the most recent application (which was withdrawn), this application is to build a single dwelling house - a Mansion with a swimming pool. The application is essentially the same except that instead of a modern external treatment, AWD has gone for a more traditional approach. See the Planning Officer's planned 'reasons for refusal' (below)

Application for Offices : Access all Documents

The last planning application for Offices was rejected in January 2013 by Stirling Council : Read More

For more Information, go to the Holmehill Blog


Read more about the last Planning Application for a Mansion House

The Planners were going to refuse the last application for a Mansion House but AWD withdrew the application before they could finalise their decision.

Through a Freedom of Information request, Holmehill Community Buyout has gained access to the Planning Officer's reasons for refusal. These remain relevant - they were as follows:-

Planning Officer's Reasons for Refusal (relevant to both new applications)

1. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to the Local Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance for a number of reasons.

2. The proposals are situated within a site identified by the LDP as being within the Green Corridor and an Open Space Audit site. The site is also situated within the Dunblane Conservation Area.

3. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to Policy 1.3 Green Network and Open Space of the LDP in that the proposals are deemed to encroach upon existing open spaces and green corridors and do not maintain or enhance functionality and connectivity (active travel routes, habitat networks, etc). The proposals will result in the net reduction of open space, including loss of connectivity and accessibility and are not deemed to enhance elements of the Green Network.

4. There is also a presumption against the loss of open space, under this policy, unless its loss or replacement with alternative provision is deemed acceptable. No compensation measures have been identified by the applicant. The loss of land is deemed unacceptable.

5. Policy 7.2, Development within and outwith Conservation Areas, is also relevant to this application. The proposals are not deemed to comply with this policy as it is deemed to have a detrimental impact on the Conservation Area, will not preserve or enhance the area in terms of character, appearance or setting.

6. The proposals are also deemed contrary to policy as it does not relate to the density or pattern of the existing development area in terms of the design, massing or scale. The proposals lead to the loss, not retention as stated in 7.2.(ii), of the natural features which contribute to the character of the Conservation Area and its setting.

7. The applicant states that the site is a brownfield site, this is acknowledged in that there was previously a building on the site. However, brownfield sites are described as land that has been previously developed and are occupied by redundant buildings, or where the site has been significantly degraded by a former activity. Within the site there is no evidence of the site being developed previously as the land is in a 100% natural state. There is no evidence on site of degradation by a former use or activity and therefore cannot be considered as brownfield.

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Local Development Plan : Read the Examination Report + extract re Dunblane

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Update on Brown Bins

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Council makes Tree Preservation Order for Holmehill

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Spooky Fun for Families on Holmehill THIS SUNDAY

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Open Meeting to discuss illegal Tree Felling on Holmehill : Thursday 4th July at 7.00pm in Braeport Centre

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