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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dumfries and West
Carsluith housing bid

A PROPOSED housing development in a Wigtownshire village has been given a lifeline because planning chiefs missed one of their own deadlines.

Neil Hannay, who lives in Carsluith, is hoping to gain planning permission in principle for building four houses on a parcel of land on the south western side of the U279W, which runs through Carsluith.

The planning application was not processed by Dumfries and Galloway Council within the standard two-month timeframe. Had it been so, then the planning case officer would have rejected the plan under delegated powers.

However, a review of the application has now been requested by Mr Hannay’s agent, David Fallas, due to the matter not being determined within the usual period.

This means the matter will go before the council’s local review body this week and councillors will discuss all elements of the small housing development before voting on the final decision.

The agent is arguing that the housing proposal meets the council local development policies and that the houses would “reflect those already in the village”.

He wrote: “With careful design, any dwellings will complement that of other dwellings in the village.”

There have been no objections, however, the planning department have recommended refusal “because the principle of the development would not comply with the terms of the development plan.”

The report also states: “Currently on site are a number of modest sheds which do not appear to have been subject to any previous planning application, constructed of corrugated iron and timber which are arranged in a linear fashion along the boundary with the U279w public road.”

Councillors will make a decision at the local review body meeting on Thursday.

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