We said in our last newsletter that a consultant, Ironside Farrar Ltd, was commissioned by Stirling Council in the spring, to carry out an Environmental Audit on Patersons’ application. They reported in June on major deficiencies in the application and we argued that these deficiencies should be sufficient in themselves, to justify a refusal of the application. However, it has been confirmed that the planners have not accepted this view, and have passed Ironside Farrar’s comments back to Patersons, who are now working on a ‘modified application’.
We think this ‘second bite at the cherry’ is grossly unfair to our community and, in our view, another example of the bias in the planning system.
When this ‘modified application’ is received from Patersons, it is likely, depending on the scale of any alterations, that a new cycle of consultations with the ‘statutory consultees’ (Scottish Natural Heritage etc) and the community will be required.
It is clear therefore that a decision on the application is not imminent, and indeed it may be well into 2016 before any we see a conclusion to this prolonged saga.
Save Gillies Hill propose to hold a meeting around 25th November (check notice boards for confirmation of date/time/venue) when any further information will be given and we can have a discussion on how to proceed.