Sep 20 2011 by Greg Christison, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
A BUSINESSMAN yesterday sought to reassure his neighbours over a “tactical” planning application he has submitted for new homes in Perth.
Andrew Still has submitted his second bid to raze his Goodlyburn Terrace home, Eredine, and erect a block of nine flats with car-parking after an initial bid was rejected.
But the former Peterhead man, who runs successful sports car leasing business Open Road Hire from the site, insists he has no intention of personally executing the permit.
Mr Still, who has lived at the property with his wife Margaret for five years, claims the granting of permission would merely act as an “insurance policy” if flats, which have been previously approved, are built on adjoining land.
Despite objections, WJ Buchan was given the green-light to turn the former Plough Inn site on Jeanfield Road into a block of 14 two-bedroom flats in 2007.
And only one year later, Perth and Kinross Council passed GS Brown’s plans to raze another neighbouring property, the Perth Gospel Trust, and develop 27 flats.
Although it appears both bids have stalled due to the economic downturn, Mr Still believes they will still go ahead.
And when the building begins, he plans to sell his own land to developers, with pre-determined planning permission making the deal more attractive.
Mr Still, who has spent a “substantial amount” on planning and design fees, told the PA yesterday: “First of all, we have no intention of developing this on its own.
“I’d prefer to stay here. I’ve got a nice big garage and it’s close to town.
“It’s just about perfect for us. But if and when they build these flats, we will no longer want to live here.
“It will also have a detrimental impact on the value of our home. So if someone decides to develop the Gospel Trust site hopefully they’ll see the sense in taking our land along with it.”
He said the latest application was the second submitted by the couple.
“We had already put in one which is pretty much in line with what is planned for next door but we’ve had to reduce it slightly,” he declared.
“It is going to be barely visible and will have a minimal affect and certainly no additional affect on what is going to be put up beforehand.”
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ELSEWHERE in the plans, Perth and Kinross Council’s environment service has lodged plans for the creation of a public recycling centre on Ruthvenfield Road at Perth’s Inveralmond industrial estate.
Plans suggest that offices at the 8100sqm site will also be transformed to be used in conjunction with the recycling centre.
Separately, three 84m wind turbines have been earmarked for pasture land at Ardlebank Farm, Bridge of Cally.