WHISTLEFIELD: Portincaple housing plans: objectors plead for hearing delay

But Argyll and Bute Council insists that suitable arrangements are in place to consider an application for 12 houses in Portincaple, near Garelochhead, using digital technology.

The authority’s planning, protective services and licensing (PPSL) committee is due to hold a hearing on Tuesday, January 26 to decide whether to approve developer Pelham Olive’s application for a hillside site overlooking Loch Long.

More than 1,100 people have objected to the plans, which have also attracted two expressions of support.

The council announced earlier this month that the PPSL committee would hold a hearing via Skype.

But Garelochhead Community Council (GCC) says that Scotland’s tougher “stay at home” regulations have made it difficult for objectors to prepare for the hearing – and have asked for it to be postponed until Covid-19 restrictions have eased enough for the hearing to take place in person.

GCC secretary Fergus Madigan also said that the hearing would not be fair if objectors were not able to communicate freely.

The committee decided in August to hold the hearing virtually. It would have been held in person if possible, but the current public health restrictions ruled out the possibility.

Heritage pictures of Suzy’s Castle and above the Green Kettle tearoom and Whistlefield.

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