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Current Planning Issues

Queensberry Planning Application for Castlemains site rejected at the meeting of the ELC Planning Committee
At the meeting on the 4th of September this application was rejected by voting of 7 to 4 against. the application. The developers were told to consult with the local community and to comply with the development guide within the Local Development Plan.
These comments echo the objections that the DVA made to this application as detailed below:

The application can be viewed on the council website. Click here to view.
The application has not taken any account of the Dirleton Expects More document .
Queensberry have more or less, adopted the former CALA designs, by using the same Architects. During the pre-application community consultation period, a detailed, alternative scheme was produced for the DVA - Dirleton Expects More - that meets all of the Local Development Plan’s design guidelines for the site. However, in spite of this hard work, this place-making has been ignored. And this is in spite of the fact that this type of community-led activity is going to be a requirement under new planning legislation that will likely be in place next year. In other words, we were ahead of the curve and still ignored!
It suggests that what we are ‘hearing on the grapevine’ from other rural communities is true: The current community consultation requirement is meaningless and just a box ticking exercise. Our experience is, I suspect, one of very many examples where consultation results are ignored by both applicants and Council officials.

The Ware Road/Foreshot Terrace application by Muir Homes was rejected by the Scottish Government on appeal at the end of January 2018

Castlemains Development Background.
Following the withdrawal of CALA Homes during 2017, a new developer, Queensberry Property, presented their proposals for the Castlemains site to the DVA at an open meeting on 24th August. They then made a formal public consultation presentation of proposals in the Open Arms on 7th September. The DVA committee then prepared a response document, called Dirleton Expects More. This was then discussed at a DVA meeting on 28th September and adopted subject to certain changes. The revised document was then circulated to all DVA members using the group emailing system.