A meeting of Craignish Community Council last night [23rd January] discussed the matter of the planning application for a mix of 6 affordable rented housing units and 5 units for sale on Church of Scotland land at The Glebe in Ardfern.
The meeting was chaired by Councillor Dougie Philand, invited to do so to ensure impartiality. The Chair of the Community Council has already lodged a personal objection to this application and therefore could not be seen as reliably objective in the role.
At the end of the discussion a vote was taken and resolved that the Community Council wold object to the application as a body – on the grounds that it deviated from the Community Council’s agreed local plan. This is for 100% affordable housing at The Glebe, rather than the mix which is the focus of the planning application.
A successful objection would see no prospect in the foreseeable future of the affordable housing the area badly needs.
There are people living in this area, through winter conditions, in temporary accommodation at the level of caravans.
It has to be a sad comment on skewed and inhumane priorities that people are prepared to object to a proposal fulfilling such a need on the grounds 0f a modest deviation from – a plan.