Ardentinny, Affordable Housing and the National Park’s Local Plan

Ardentinny residents who have asked the Park Authority to be kept up to date regarding Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park’s Local Plan will probably have received a ‘Local Plan Delivery Update – July 2012‘. This includes information on Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance Consultations (consultation date 20 August – 1 October) of which two refer to Callander and the third deals with Housing Development (including Affordable Housing).

In the Park’s ‘Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance Housing Development’ Document (Draft Housing Development in the Park SPG) 5.1 Policy HOUS1: New Housing Development in Settlements, Table 1 sets out the requirements for each settlement with the affordable housing requirement for Ardentinny being listed as 25%.

In order to try and clarify what this means we spoke to Stuart Mearns, Forward Planning Officer for the Park, and posed the following questions:

First we asked what the 25% referred to. Stuart explained that this is the target figure of affordable housing to be included in any housing development exceeding 4 units. He also said that this concurs with the Scottish Government’s benchmark for affordable housing within developments.

We then asked how the percentages of affordable housing requirement for each settlement were arrived at and were told that results of the Argyll and Bute Local Housing Strategy Consultation fed into these decisions.

Finally we asked if any developer has recently applied to build in Ardentinny and Stuart said he was not aware of any applications at the moment other than the Planning Application regarding the refurbishment of Ardentinny Hotel. He added that all submitted applications appear on their website.

If you have any further questions you would like answered, you can contact the Forward Planning team at the National Park Headquarters, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG. Telephone 01389 722600, Email:


Housing development off ‘The Plan’

Many Ardentinny residents will by now have received a letter from the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Enviornmental Appeals to say that the examination into the unresolved issues raised in representations to the proposed Finalised Draft Local Plan has now finished and the report has been submitted to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority. This report is now available on the National Park website where it confirms that the proposed plan to build housing south of Lochview is to be deleted from the Plan.


National Park Board unanimously accepts Park’s recommendation to remove Ardentinny housing proposal from Local Plan

Some of the community volunteers who participated in organising the petition this week.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Board unanimously accepted the Park Authority’s recommendation to remove its Ardentinny housing proposal from the Local Plan. The Plan in its entirety will now go to the Reporter and, depending on the Reporter’s decision, it will be adopted or amended accordingly.

This remarkable decision was taken at the Board’s meeting at National Park Headquarters in Balloch on the 23 June 2010. It was the culmination of a 17-month-long campaign by local residents in objection to the Park’s proposal to build housing south of Lochview in Ardentinny and resulted in the Park Authority’s suggestion to make a ‘significant change’ to the finalised Draft Local Plan. That change being:

‘Ardentinny – H2 Site South of Lochview

Considering the number of objections and comments received regarding this site, it is recommended to remove H2 from Schedule 1: Housing Allocations. It is also recommended that the Ardentinny Proposals Map is amended to remove the allocation and the settlement boundary adjusted to follow the A880 road so the site lies outwith the boundary.

It is noted that under Policy HOUS3 New Housing Development Adjacent to Settlements, this site could come forward for development subject to the plan’s policies. If in the event that a planning application came forward for housing development on this site, community consultation would be undertaken as set out in the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.’

(Report NPA/02/2010/06 on the Consultation on the Finalised Draft Local Plan. Stuart Mearns, Forward Planning Manager).

On presenting the Consultation Document on the Finalised Draft Local Plan, Gordon Watson, Director of Planning and Rural Development, explained that the recommendation for change to the Housing Proposal for Ardentinny was due to the large number of objections from residents to the proposal together with the Petition sent to all Board members which recorded a ‘significant number of signatories’.

Councillor Bruce Marshall asked if there were any plans to develop housing on another site in Ardentinny. Gordon Watson replied that they had identified other sites for housing in Cowal but not in Ardentinny. Later, Board Member, Russell Bruce asked about the significance of the recommendation to adjust the settlement boundary. Gordon Watson responded by saying that it was necessary to move the site south of Lochview outside the settlement boundary otherwise there would always be a predisposition to use it for the development of housing.

This result is undoubtedly due to the spirit and determination of the Ardentinny community whose resolve and staying power have been exemplary. A record of its campaign and how it evolved can be found at the following pages:

Copy of letter which accompanied 96 signature petition to National Park Authority (pdf 70kb).


National Park Authority’s Report on Consultation

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority  has produced its Report on Consultation, which is their report on the results of the initial consultation on the draft local plan in February 2009. This apparently fed in to their Finalised Draft Local Plan, the consultation period of which ended on 6 April 2010. Copies of their Report on Consultation are available  on the National Park website (pdf 3.3mb).


Finalised Draft Local Plan available in Village Hall

There is copy of the full Plan available for reference in Ardentinny Village Hall. The Hall will be open, as follows:
Monday evening           7pm – 9pm              (during bridge)
Tuesday morning          10am – 12noon        (during badminton)
Wednesday evening      7pm – 9pm              (during hobbies)
Thursday afternoon       3pm – 5pm             (during carpet bowls)

The relevant Local Plan Ardentinny map pages can also be downloaded from here (pdf). Complete Plan pages can be downloaded from here.