Local MSP for Helensburgh and Lomond Jackie Baillie has called for a planning meeting for the controversial Portincaple development to be in person and socially distanced to be held or to delay the decision until this can be done.
This is following news that Argyll & Bute Council plan on proceeding with a virtual meeting this Wednesday and required those wishing to attend to provide 48 hours’ notice.
Over 1,000 people have lodged objections to the planning application and there is concern about those who object being able to fully participate in the scheduled virtual meeting.
Commenting Jackie Baillie MSP:
“I have asked Argyll & Bute Council to consider having a socially distanced face to face hearing rather than a virtual skype hearing, given the level of objections to the development.
“It’s disappointing that, given there are over 1,000 people who have lodged objections, Argyll & Bute Council is still proceeding with a virtual meeting. I appreciate that there need to be restrictions as a result of the pandemic but having a socially distanced meeting in a large venue, will allow objectors to participate fully.
“If the Council do not wish to hold an in person meeting at this point, then I would urge them to delay consideration of the application and there is precedent for such action.
“Its clear that the local community do not want this development. It is only fair that they are given an opportunity to make their views known and are not being limited by technology.”