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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dumfries and West
Terregles residents battling house project

A DUMFRIES man’s plans to build a new house in Terregles is facing stiff opposition from the community council and his would-be neighbours.

Lloyd Gemmell hopes to be granted permission to construct a one-and-half storey house with integral garage on land in the Mainshead area.

The property would be situated between two houses on a slope and would require the formation of access onto the C14N public road.

Issues around access, noise, overlooking neighbouring properties, a loss of light, and drainage are among the concerns raised by householders currently living in the area.

The fact that land will have to be raised – above what was originally agreed – is also a main issue.

Terregles Community Council and eight other individuals have lodged objections with Dumfries and Galloway Council.

However, neither the council roads officer, flood risk management team, or Scottish Water have any issues with the proposals, and the planner, Philip Glennon, has recommended approval and says there are “no relevant site constraints”.

Terregles Community Council have submitted a letter to the council stating that support was previously given for development on this site. However, they say the most recent planning application “seeks to disregard” certain conditions that were agreed back in 2017.

Meanwhile, the objection from the householder at Ladywell House reads: “The size of this property will significantly overshadow Ladywell House and my upstairs accommodation considerably.

“If built I will no longer benefit from the evening sun as this will be blocked out by this proposed development. The overshadowing this will create will be significant.”

The application will be determined at the planning committee next Wednesday.

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