GREEN Belt Housing Plan For Kilmacolm Site Is Rejected

17 April, 2024 | Local, Planning

PLANNERS have refused permission for two new houses on the edge of Kilmacolm.

The properties, each with detached double garages, were proposed for former garden grounds at the western end Of Knockbuckle Road, beside Torwood.

The land involved is in the green belt and was part of the 10-acre Avenel property which has been replaced with seven houses over a number of years.

Inverclyde Council officials rejected the proposal saying it did not meet the key criteria for the establishment of new houses on green belt land.

Planners also felt that the properties were not appropriately designed to be in keeping with the character of the area in that they do not reflect the rural local architecture.

How the properties would look

A design document included with the planning application had stated: “Whilst this site currently lies beyond the village envelope, there are a number of key features that support this designed solution for limited development.

“This document highlights these key factors and demonstrates how extremely limited movement of the current boundary would not open any possibility to further spread or sprawl beyond this application site.

“The design solution proposed is detailed, sensitive, limited, responds to the woodland setting and works in line with the development pattern of the street and area.”

How the properties would look

The report continued: “The designs are developed in response to the site setting and seek to quietly integrate into the surroundings with dark stained timber cladding to blend the houses into the woodland setting.

“Gardens around will be sensitively landscaped, all established trees will remain and some native planting inserted to reinforce the woodland setting and settle the house further into the landscape.”

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