Complaint letter about Planning process followed for application H29
The SNP’s Pete Wishart has called for an independent investigation of a council planning office amid growing unrest over a huge housing project at Perthshire’s biggest village.
Campaigners at Scone say they have been left “absolutely stunned and extremely angry” that newly-elected councillors will be asked to debate the controversial Scone North proposal as early as next week.
They argue it gives members of the development management committee — more than half of whom were formally appointed on Wednesday — just a few days to get through about 1,400 pages of documents and more than 900 objections.
As revealed in Thursday’s Courier, Perth and Kinross Council has refused to delay the talks, despite pressure from Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
Now Mr Wishart said the matter must not be considered until there is a full probe of the planning department’s decision.
“I could not believe that this controversial planning application in Scone is to be considered when a new council has barely got its feet under the table,” he said.
“Councillors untrained in planning issues will now be expected to digest all these pages of text with associated documents, along with over 900 comments of objections.”
He said: “The decision about considering this application must be taken off next week’s development management agenda, and it must not be presented for consideration before Perth and Kinross planning department has been independently investigated over the handling of this application.”
Mr Wishart said that a crucial dispute over the Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) had still not been resolved.
Planning chiefs have given their backing to the plan, despite objectors’ worries about its impact on traffic and already worryingly high pollution levels.
In a report to councillors, interim head of planning Nick Brian insisted that only 100 properties could be built before the CTLR is deemed a “committed” project.
Originally, council officers had said the second phase of the development could not go ahead until the crossing had been built.
Mr Brian said: “For clarification, the CTLR becomes a committed project when all funding, land required for the scheme, statutory approvals, trunk road orders and consents are in place, a contractor appointed and construction on site has commenced.”
He said that the increase in traffic caused by the first 100 houses would be approximately 3%, less than the 5% threshold.
“The remainder of the residential units will not be recommended for approval at the detailed stages until the CTLR is a committed project, which will see a net improvement in traffic impacts, particularly in Bridgend,” Mr Brian added.
He said that an independent air quality assessment carried out by the community council was not applicable because it was based on English guidelines.
A council spokeswoman said that the item will remain on Wednesday’s agenda.
She added: “The Head of Legal and Governance has already reviewed the procedures undertaken with regard to this application and is satisfied that the council has followed due process.”
Tory candidate Ian Duncan said: “There are a number of unanswered questions about this development leftover from the period of the previous council administration.”
He added: “I am well aware from the canvassing I have been doing in Scone about the level of public concern there is over this development. Therefore, I am very sympathetic to the view that there should be a deferral to allow new councillors a fuller opportunity to acquaint themselves with the issues around this application.
“I understand it will be open to objectors or indeed members of the new development control committee to propose a deferral at next week’s meeting.”
Development Management Committee – Wednesday 24 May 2017
Planning Application – 16/02127/IPM – SCONE – Residential development with open space, landscaping, drainage and associated infrastructure (in principle) Scone North, Scone
With reference to the above planning application, I would advise that the application will be considered at the meeting of the Development Management Committee on Wednesday 24 May 2017. The meeting begins at 10.00am in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth.
The recommendation in the report by the Interim Head of Planning is to approve the application. The agenda for the meeting and a copy of the report can be viewed/downloaded from the Council’s website, normally 7 days before the date of the meeting.
In preparing his report, the Interim Head of Planning has taken into account the points raised in your letter. Furthermore, members of the Committee have had drawn to their attention all letters of representation (in objection and in support) lodged in respect of the planning application. Members of the Committee will give due regard to the report and all letters received in determining the application.
If, nonetheless, you wish to speak at the meeting, you can request to do so. Requests should be made in writing to the Head of Democratic Services, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth by no later than 4.00pm on Friday 19 May 2017 and you will be encouraged to combine your deputation with other objectors, or supporters, as the case may be. Requests can also be sent by email to email@example.com. Please also provide a contact telephone number and indicate whether you will be speaking as an objector or supporter. The Committee will decide at the beginning of the meeting whether or not you will be heard.
Further information or clarification only on the procedures for speaking at the Committee meeting can be obtained from Committee Services on (01738) 475000 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Democratic Services
The deadline for all comments regarding the proposed housing development is close of business this Friday 10th March 2017. Letters of objection/support must be delivered to 4 High St or Puller House or can be emailed here: DevelopmentManagement@pkc.gov.uk
Don’t forget to put your full name and address on the letter/email or it will not be considered.
Scone & District Community Council have made 2 submissions to PKC Planning regarding the H29 Scone North housing scheme:
The final date for comments/submissions regarding application 16/02127/IPM has changed:
1. 10th March (5pm) is the revised deadline day for comments either supporting or objecting to this scheme.
2. Any interested party can send in a new submission.
3. If you have sent a letter or emailed comments already you are not required to submit anything further. You can submit additional comments on both the new documents and other matters of Material Consideration. All submissions you make will be considered as one set of comments.
4. The additional documents added by the Developer are available on here: http:
5. PKC Planning have put up the following explanation for this extention: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/18946/Extension-of-public-consultation-for-16-02127-IPM
Scone & District Community Council is becoming increasing concerned by mixed messages coming from Council officials in regard to the definition of ‘Committed Project’ in relation to the proposed Cross tay Link Road, here we up the issue with the Head of Planning:
We provided a copy of this document to PKC Planning Dept and their detailed reply is here: pkc-answer-to-sdcc-questionnaire-18-9-16