Stirling Council has agreed to hand over ownership of the Braeport Community Centre to the Development Trust.
We have run the centre for over 10 years, ensuring the provision of a welcoming and affordable space for many community activities. Community ownership will allow us to proceed with some important planned improvements using funding sources not
previously open to us.
We have already received £93,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to upgrade the building’s insulation, including window replacement. What next? Well, we want to offer the facilities that you need. Current ideas include drop-in office space for people working from home and improved services for older people in Dunblane.
What other gaps in community services should
an upgraded centre provide? Give us your views:
Working Together For Our Community
Public Note of a Community Summit about Dunblane 2017 to 2020
Held on 20 February 2017 between 7.30 and 9.00pm at the Braeport Centre.
Dunblane Community Partnership (DCP) – formed of Discover Dunblane, Dunblane Community Council and Dunblane Development Trust representatives - invited local community organisations to respond to the draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2020, developed from the Town Centre Charrette. A new project to enhance the historic centre of Dunblane was shared by Amey Consultants to gather feedback as part of a feasibility study. Terence O’Byrne chaired the gathering.
Draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2015 to 2020
Barbara Allan described the vision as ‘The Dunblane community wants the Town Centre area to be a vibrant, healthy and inclusive place for people to live, work and visit’ before outlining the 5 themes in the draft plan:
1. A Vibrant and sustainable Town Centre for people and community activity
2. An Accessible Town Centre.
3. A Town Centre that Capitalises on its Natural and Built Heritage
4. An Inclusive Town Centre that supports Community Cohesion
5. A Town Centre that meets the Future Needs of the Community
Those attendingt the Community Summit discussed success stories and possibilities for partnership working across Stirling City Region. Needs of the Dunblane population growing older was considered. Views about Streetscape Stirling Road were shared.
Cathedral Square Feasibility Study
Drew Millar reported Amey’s role in developing proposals which enhance the historic setting of the Cathedral whilst improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. He emphasised that design ideas are still evolving and that there would be two stages of consultation – the first with those residents, businesses, churches who are in the immediate vicinity of the study area and the second with the wider Dunblane public. The study is due to be completed by the end of May.
Communication and Joint Working
Tim Hughes facilitated a discussion on local participation, communication and joint working. It was agreed by individuals gathered that it is important to have a multi-channel approach to communications and engagement.
DCP listened and generated actions that the Summit believed the DCP should take:
1. To host the next gathering on Youth Volunteering in Dunblane in May 2017
2. To develop a parking strategy once enforcement operations are underway
On 2nd March 2017 Stirling Council’s Local Review Body rejected Allanwater Developments’ two appeals against the Council’s Planners. Allanwater had put forward two plans for the same spot on the top of Holmehill: one for a luxury private house and the other for an office block. These were originally rejected last year; yesterday the Council’s Local Review Body confirmed these rejections.
In presenting their decision, members of the LRB noted that planning decisions have to reflect the policies currently in force. This once again underlined two key points: firstly that although a mansion was demolished on the site 37 years ago, it would be wrong to build another today; and secondly that a planning agreement signed in 1987 is no longer relevant.
Image: Stirling Council Headquarters, Viewforth.
Allan Water Developments have submitted 2 new planning applications for Holmehill : one for a Mansion House and one for Offices.
THESE ARE NEW APPLICATIONS. EVEN IF YOU OBJECTED THE LAST TIME, YOU WILL NEED TO OBJECT AGAIN ... TO BOTH !
Application for Mansion House : Access all the Documents
Just like the most recent application (which was withdrawn), this application is to build a single dwelling house - a Mansion with a swimming pool. The application is essentially the same except that instead of a modern external treatment, AWD has gone for a more traditional approach. See the Planning Officer's planned 'reasons for refusal' (below)
Application for Offices : Access all Documents
The last planning application for Offices was rejected in January 2013 by Stirling Council : Read More
Read more about the last Planning Application for a Mansion House
The Planners were going to refuse the last application for a Mansion House but AWD withdrew the application before they could finalise their decision.
Through a Freedom of Information request, Holmehill Community Buyout has gained access to the Planning Officer's reasons for refusal. These remain relevant - they were as follows:-
Planning Officer's Reasons for Refusal (relevant to both new applications)
1. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to the Local Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance for a number of reasons.
2. The proposals are situated within a site identified by the LDP as being within the Green Corridor and an Open Space Audit site. The site is also situated within the Dunblane Conservation Area.
3. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to Policy 1.3 Green Network and Open Space of the LDP in that the proposals are deemed to encroach upon existing open spaces and green corridors and do not maintain or enhance functionality and connectivity (active travel routes, habitat networks, etc). The proposals will result in the net reduction of open space, including loss of connectivity and accessibility and are not deemed to enhance elements of the Green Network.
4. There is also a presumption against the loss of open space, under this policy, unless its loss or replacement with alternative provision is deemed acceptable. No compensation measures have been identified by the applicant. The loss of land is deemed unacceptable.
5. Policy 7.2, Development within and outwith Conservation Areas, is also relevant to this application. The proposals are not deemed to comply with this policy as it is deemed to have a detrimental impact on the Conservation Area, will not preserve or enhance the area in terms of character, appearance or setting.
6. The proposals are also deemed contrary to policy as it does not relate to the density or pattern of the existing development area in terms of the design, massing or scale. The proposals lead to the loss, not retention as stated in 7.2.(ii), of the natural features which contribute to the character of the Conservation Area and its setting.
7. The applicant states that the site is a brownfield site, this is acknowledged in that there was previously a building on the site. However, brownfield sites are described as land that has been previously developed and are occupied by redundant buildings, or where the site has been significantly degraded by a former activity. Within the site there is no evidence of the site being developed previously as the land is in a 100% natural state. There is no evidence on site of degradation by a former use or activity and therefore cannot be considered as brownfield.
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