Persimmon appeals 169-home Kinross planning refusal

Persimmon Homes has launched an appeal into Perth & Kinross Council’s rejection of an application to expand a housing development in Kinross.

The housebuilder had hoped to build a further 169 houses at its development at Lathro Farm.

The application was rejected by the local authority earlier this year amid concerns that sewage water would spill into Loch Leven.

Politicians and Kinross-shire Civic Trust had voiced fears that the combination of a poor drainage network and a drastic increase in residential developments around the area was negatively affecting the water quality of the loch.

Despite more than 170 objections, planning officials at the local authority had recommended the application for approval before being overruled by elected members.

In its appeal to Scottish ministers, Persimmon argued that the project fits the council’s own local development plan and questioned elected members’ knowledge of planning regulations.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Some members misunderstood the application of planning policy and failed to comprehend key aspects of the proposals in reaching their decision.”

They added: “We consider that the applicant has demonstrated beyond all doubt that the proposals will not have any adverse impact on the water quality of Loch Leven, nor will it result in any traffic or flood risk impact on Gallowhill Road.

“As such, we do not consider that the reasons for refusal on these grounds are justified.”

A spokesman for the local authority said: “Perth and Kinross Council acknowledges that Persimmon Homes have appealed the refusal of their planning application for 169 houses at Lathro Farm which was rejected by councillors on 1 July 2020.

“The council is engaging in the appeal which will be considered by the reporter appointed to determine it on the Scottish ministers’ behalf.”

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