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Graham’s Dairy appeal against Airthrey Green planning refusal

August 1 2018

Graham’s Dairy appeal against Airthrey Green planning refusal

Graham’s Dairy and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes have lodged a court of session appeal against the decision by Scottish ministers to deny planning permission for a £40m housing and industrial development at Airthrey Green, Stirling.

At issue is a contention that ministers based their refusal on ‘irrelevant information’ and failing to take account of other ‘relevant considerations’ as well as a claimed absence of ‘proper, adequate and intelligible reasons’ for the decision.

Graham’s was angered by a decision to rely on the Reporter’s recommendation that approval would jeopardise a review of the Local Development Plan – but this examination was reolved in June meaning that it was no longer an issue.

Robert Graham, Graham’s managing director, commented: “We believe compelling grounds exist which has culminated in our joint appeal with Mactaggart & Mickel Homes to the Court of Session.

“We are extremely disappointed by the Minister’s decision, which we maintain placed more importance on continuing to protect a failed Local Development Plan process than supporting the delivery of much needed homes, infrastructure and creating 500 new full-time jobs within the city of Stirling and the Scottish dairy sector and £65.3m gross value added (GVA) per annum into the Scottish economy.”

A mix of 600 homes, a primary school and park would have been delivered under the scheme to address a ‘dire’ housing shortage in the city.

1 Comment

jimbob tanktop
#1 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 2 Aug 2018 at 09:46 AM
I love the humility of developers, as they castigate planners and ministers for their apparent inability to do their job, to see the wood from the trees, to address the overwhelming need to build new homes.

Presumably, this altruism stretches to making next to no money from the project while maintaining high standards of innovative design.

I have no idea if this project is any good or not, whether it'd be an asset to the city or not or whether it contravened the local plan or not. What I do know is that if you publicly belittle people whose minds you need to change you're preparing to wallow in your own martyrdom. Calling all those Leave and Trump voters morons hasn't won round a single one of them so far, despite colossal reams of evidence they made a mistake, therefore I'd expect a similar result.

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