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Dairy farmer in planning wrangle

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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dairy farmer in planning wrangle
A dairy farmer in Kirkcudbright has been forced to seek retrospective planning permission after erecting a building that did not match up with approved plans.

Mr Maitland built an agricultural building at Culraven Dairy, one mile south east of Borgue, with a footprint of 911m² (54.718m long x 16.612m wide) and a gabled roof measuring 8.537m to ridge and 6.267m to eaves.

However, Dumfries and Galloway Council planning papers state the development was not “completed in accordance with the submitted plans” and therefore the matter will now go before councillors sitting on the planning committee on Wednesday.

Planning officers have recommended that retrospective planning permission be granted, however there is opposition in the community.

Borgue Community Council has lodged an objection with the council, arguing that the height of the building within the Solway Coast Regional Scenic Area “gives cause for concern”.

Community council members also stated that the original design incorporated three open sides, rather than cladding, which reduced the visual impact of the building.

They also complained that solar panels have been installed on the shed without permission.

Meanwhile, a Borgue resident has also lodged an objection, mainly complaining about the design having a negative visual impact on the landscape. The individual added: “The previous design was considered acceptable by the case officer due to the three fully open sides which were considered to mitigate the visual impact of the building.

“The building ‘as built’ presents as being too high and visually prominent, rendering the building incompatible with the existing landscape character.”

Councillors will vote at committee on whether or not to approve retrospective planning permission.


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