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Whitmuir Hall chalet plan resurrected

Plans for 28 chalets at Whitmuir Hall have resurfaced after a previous application was rejected by the council and that decision confirmed on appeal

Plans for 28 chalets at Whitmuir Hall have resurfaced after a previous application was rejected by the council and that decision confirmed on appeal

Outline plans for the creation of 19 holiday chalets at Whitmuir Hall have been submitted to the council, a year on from a previous proposal being rejected by a planning inspector.

According to a consultant who prepared application documents for the owner of the hall and existing holiday accommodation business, the new plans have “strong support from likely holidaymakers”.

However, documents submitted with the application show that objectors are preparing themselves for another lengthy battle to stop the development going ahead.

In an email to consultant John Smith following a public consultation event in June, local resident Donald Francis said: “This development has been a spectre on this very small community for over five years, and knowing what we know of your client and the position of Whitmuir Hall as a relatively worthless, failed tourist business in need of development to get it either sold or to a different place, we may have many more years ahead.

“But, in the end, it will be worth protecting the place from developments like this.”

Fellow Whitmuir resident Hilary Dunlop also wrote to Mr Smith after the event.

She said: “I can say with certainty that no-one wants any new development at Whitmuir Hall and we will all fight as we did before to prevent it, and I can see no reason why any new application would have a different result from that given by the reporter in August 2013.

“The residents, most of whom are retired, want to leave peacefully and quietly at Whitmuir, they do not want or need this constant and upsetting interference in their lives by an unfeeling, absentee landlord who cares nothing for the local community or the environment of Whitmuir.”

An application for 28 chalets on the site was rejected by councillors in December 2012 and an appeal to the Scottish Government dismissed in August last year.

Reporter Gerry Farrington stated that although the development would make a “valuable contribution” to the local economy and tourism provision, it would have an “alien suburban appearance” in the rural setting of Whitmuir.

 

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