Councillors on Kincardine and Mearns Area committee have agreed to grant planning permission in principle for a development at Fasque House which would see the historic building being restored.
The work on Fasque House, and other listed buildings on Fasque Estate, is being enabled by the development of 115 houses. The application for planning in principle had preciously been before the committee in October, however Councillors decided to defer a decision to allow a site visit to be carried out.
Following a site visit last week, the planning application was discussed at the meeting on Tuesday. The application received a total of 24 representations with 23 against the development and 1 in favour.
Of the 23 objections three objectors asked to speak at the meeting. They made presentations to the Area Committee about their concerns over the development. All three objectors voiced support for the restoration of Fasque however said they hoped an alternative way of funding could be found.
An architect for the scheme was also present to discuss the application with Councillors. He explained the benefits of the scheme in particular, the jobs which the development would create.
Following this Councillors then discussed the application to reach a decision. Councillor George Carr said: “Fasque Estate I have always valued as being the jewel in the crown of the Mearns area. Access to the public has got to be a key part to anything that happens here. I think it is something that we need to have as a central feature in the Mearns. Very pleased to see a suggestion to have visitor attractions there. We want people to come to the Mearns and appreciate the history. I think those aspects are very welcome.
“In regards to the development I think anyone on the site visit will appreciate the real challenge to bring this estate back to it’s former glory.”
Cllr Graeme Clarke put forward the motion that the application should be approved, Cllr Jean Dick then seconded this.
Cllr Bill Howatson had concerns about the scheme. He said: “I think one of the most telling figures for me is the sheer scale of the development, 283% more homes than what is designated in the local development plan.”
Cllr Howatson proposed an amendment that the application is refused on the grounds of scale, impact on area, density of housing and sustainability. This was seconded by Cllr Peter Bellarby. The application then went to a vote with permission in principle being granted by eight votes to four.