Hub house’s ‘mystery’ level causes concern

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A decision on controversial plans for nine holiday chalets at Kirkburn, near Cardrona, has been put on hold.

Councillors on the planning committee said they wanted to see the detailed business plan submitted along with the application, which had only been verified by the council’s economic development department.

They also backed an objector’s call for more information regarding the proposed use of an apparent second floor of the proposed ‘hub house’.

Indicative floor plans showed no means of accessing the second floor of the building from either inside or outside.

Speaking on behalf of neighbours objecting to the plans, Ian Jackson told the committee that the hub house was the source of a number of concerns, including its visual impact, “disproportionate height” and the “mystery” upper level.

Senior planning officer John Hayward said that existing and planned additional planting would “largely screen the site”.

Councillor Iain Gillespie said: “I cannot understand why the hub house is being built. I am uncomfortable about the necessity of it being there.”

Councillor Stuart Bell said that in his opinion it was the “right development in the right place”.

Mr Hayward said members were “right to have reservations” about the upper floor of the hub house, but reminded them that a condition had been drafted which limited the ground floor for use as accommodation, and that any use of the second floor would require a new application.