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Planners support Helensburgh’s house proposal

Plans to build a house in the garden of a property in Helensburgh should go ahead, officials say, despite more than a dozen objections – including one from a city councilor.

Joe Lafferty’s proposal for the site at 47 Campbell Street, which includes forming vehicular access, will be put before councilors at a meeting next week.

Helensburgh central councilor Fiona Howard is among those objecting to the plans, while four neutral responses have also been received.

Helensburgh Community Council has also objected as legal adviser and asked for the matter to be decided at a public hearing.

However, an Argyll and Bute Council planner recommended approval at a meeting of the authority’s planning, conservation services and licensing committee on Wednesday.

An official says in a treatment report: “A previous application for a single home on the same plot was rejected. This involves a resubmission and redesign of the proposed home.

“The scale of the proposed building has been significantly reduced, so that there is now a clear hierarchical relationship between the original villa and the proposed new building form.

“The ‘donor’ house, number 47, is not a Grade II listed building and it is believed that, given its scale and location, the proposal will not adversely affect the location of the villa or the qualifying features for conservation area designation .

“There will be a loss of some of the stone wall to allow access, but this is considered a very minor impact in terms of the overall scheme and would not justify refusal as the integrity of the wall is preserved.

“While it is noted that there are no other vehicular openings within this particular section of stone boundary wall, vehicular access points within the rear stone boundary walls to large villas are not an uncommon occurrence elsewhere in the wider conservation area.”

The officer added: “Finally, in terms of access, there is significant concern from neighbors but it is not believed that one additional house will significantly increase traffic through Barclay Drive.”

They said the highways officer was pleased with the visibility, adding: “In conclusion, the revised design and location is considered well considered and the proposed infill development will provide a sustainable form of residential development in line with the settlement strategy; maintaining the local visual amenities and the character and appearance of the protected area; provide sufficient access and parking on site; and ensure an appropriate service infrastructure.”