Plans for Affordable Housing in Hopeman Rejected

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday October 10 2017

Site of proposed development at Hopeman.

COUNCILLORS have unanimously voted against the building of 22 homes in Hopeman.

Springfield Properties submitted their application for the building of affordable flats and houses on Forsyth Street in November 2016, but today members of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee upheld officers’ recommendation to refuse permission.

A report to councillors stated that the size and scale of the proposal did not reflect the settlement pattern, failed to integrate into the surrounding area and would be detrimental to the existing open character and identity of Forsyth Street and Hopeman.

The application received four representations of support but 254 objections to the development, mainly from local residents raising concerns about siting and design.

The motion to refuse was proposed by Cllr Aaron McLean.

Chair of the committee, Cllr Wilson, said that although the need for more affordable housing in Moray is recognised, it shouldn’t be at the expense of existing settlements.

“We look at each planning application on its own merits and today it was agreed by the committee that this proposal is not fit for Hopeman.

“The applicants were looking to build a housing development outwith the current settlement boundary and on land which isn’t allocated for development.

“Given the other planning concerns raised, we will not permit this proposal for 22 properties to go ahead.”



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