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Drums - garage, not house

Clydebelt members twice assisted local residents in convincing West Dunbartonshire Council to refuse planning permission for converting a garage in the Green Belt above Old Kilpatrick into a large house.

In April 1999 Clydebelt objected to a planning application for "alterations and extension of outbuildings to form a dwelling house" at Drums, Old Kilpatrick, on the following grounds.

  1. The National Planning Policy Guideline on Land for Housing, specifies several local considerations which apply to the need to reject this application - it
    • would degrade a portion of green space of importance to the area and
    • would diminish the landscape character, which is valued by the community,
    • is contrary to interests expressed by those in the wider community who value wildlife.
  2. Scottish Office guidelines say that housing should be mainly permitted in brown field sites which would be "effective use of previously developed sites within existing built-up areas"... " in preference to green field sites"
  3. Previous planning permission to create several dwellings from the original historic Drums house declared that there should be no further development.
  4. The applicant cannot justify departure from the existing Clydebank District Local Plan, whose policy GB1 on green belt and Policy GD5 on Tree Preservation Order apply to this site, and must be upheld.
  5. The altered and extended building of a larger area and two stories, and the clearance of trees to enable the development, would detract seriously from the visual amenity of those walking in the green belt, especially from the popular road to Loch Humphrey and the road to Mount Pleasant.

This proposal threatens nature conservation, both at the construction stage and when in full use, putting undue pressure on the existing diversity of animals, birds and plants (as described in a survey for Clydebelt, provided previously). The area contains and provides habitats for a diversity of wildlife which should be preserved, and not put at risk by improving access and building more houses nearby.

West Dumbartonshire Council refused permission and an appeal was dismissed by a Scottish Executive Reporter in September 2000.

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