A brace of local events

 

Scone Thistle Community Club encompases all the teams playing under the Scone Thistle banner from the Soccer School to the Juniors.

They are hosting a Festival and Funday on Saturday 3rd June in conjunction with the SFA and McDonalds. Lots of football, fun stalls, inflatables, entertainment and business stalls. Something for everyone.

Saturday 3rd June at 10:00–15:00 at Farqharson Park by RDM Primary

 

 

And:

Meeting and AGM

Scone & Dist Community Council monthly meeting and AGM Monday 29th May at 7:30 at RDM Institute.

Scone North Latest

Scone North outline planning permission granted today. More details to follow when we have picked ourselves off the floor 🙁

From The Courier: ‘John Stephen, managing director of Perth-based construction firm A&J Stephen, said that if no decision was taken at Wednesday’s development management committee, he would appeal to Scottish ministers “within a week”.

Councillor Willie Wilson said he raised an amendment to approve the plan “with a heavy heart”.

The alternative, he said, was to allow the plan to be considered by an “outsider” from the Scottish Government’s appeals division.’

We await the justification for this wholesale capitulation from Perth & Kinross Council.

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Wednesday protest

Call to all concerned residents of Scone to join a peaceful and well ordered demonstation this Wednesday, starting at 9.30am outside Council buildings at 2 High Street, Perth

On this day the Development Management Committee of P&KC will be presented with the Planning Application for Scone North, they will have had under a week to consider a complex and village changing scheme which will be started way before any 3rd Tay crossing is likely to be built (half the members of this committed are new Councillors). The Council’s Acting Head of Planning is recommending acceptance of this application. The members of Scone & District Community Council and the Scone Study Group consider there are far too many unanswered questions about this development which means it should be halted and subject to rigerous and impartial scrutiny with regards to all planning & environmental laws applicable thoughout Scotland and the United Kingdom.

CAN YOU ATTEND? CAN YOU ASK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS TO JOIN YOU. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AS THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO SEE THAT THE MAJORITY OF SCONE RESIDENTS OPPOSE THIS SCHEME IN IT’S PRESENT FORM AND WILL NOT BE SILENCED.

Scone North

Calls for planning department probe amid Scone housing row

Calls for planning department probe amid Scone housing row

May 19 2017, 9.00amUpdated: May 18 2017, 1.04pm

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.

01/04/14 Sunday Post, Chris Austin Perth Pete Wishart, SNP MP and ex Runrig rock star in his local constituency of Perth. Words: Tracey Bryce© DC Thomson
Pete Wishart in Perth

“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.”

Scone North goes to Devt Mangmnt Committee!

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 committee@pkc.gov.uk. 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 committee@pkc.gov.uk.

Yours faithfully

 Head of Democratic Services