Homes approved despite objections

ANGUS Council development standards committee has approved a planning application for the erection of 11 houses on the area of land between 15 and 29 Noran Avenue, Arbroath, despite objections from people who reside nearby.

The committee heard that the site had previously been developed as housing land but all buildings had subsequently been removed.

It is bounded to the west by Noran Avenue and to the east by dwellings on Montrose Road. Site access would be gained from Noran Avenue between the southernmost proposed dwelling and 33 and 35 Noran Avenue.

There will be 11 dwellings on the site comprising five three-bedroom houses on two stories arranged in a terrace along the site frontage, and six two-bedroom houses on two stories arranged in semi-detached pairs.

Seven letters of objection from three parties had been received and included the nature of the proposed boundary treatment, that the erection of the two-storey buildings between the site frontage and neighbouring dwellings would result in an unacceptable loss of privacy and amenity, there would be a loss of light, a loss of property value and a noise nuisance from the occupiers of the planned homes.

However, the director of infrastructure services, Eric S. Lowson, countered each objection. He said: “Existing boundaries will be retained and where hedges are in place these would be carefully trimmed back to the existing fence line. Timber screen fences would then be installed to augment the screening between the site and existing properties.

“The main rear elevations of the existing properties in Montrose Road would be at least 20 metres from the rear elevation of the proposed houses.”

He continued: “The development would not result in a loss of light in objectors’ properties due to the existence of mature boundary hedges that would act as far more of a screen to sun and light than the dwellings proposed could.”

He added that the head of economic development and environmental and consumer protection had commented on the application and had set noise limits in respect of proposed air source heating systems.

He concluded: “In terms of noise from people occupying dwellings, housing is a compatible land use within a housing area and I do not consider that noise from the occupants of the proposed houses would affect neighbours to a level that would justify refusal of the application.”

Independent councillor Bob Spink, who is a member of the planning committee, commented: “I considered the Noran Avenue proposal very carefully and especially the comments of the objectors which centred upon the proximity of the proposed new build, and I visited the site twice to see for myself.

“While I sympathise with the objectors, the proposal was from Angus Council itself and came with a recommendation of approval from the planning department. To overturn that recommendation required valid planning reason to do so. The building to building distance was within planning regulations and substantial screening existed with a high hedge, and it was proposed to strengthen this screening with a new fence, so valid reasons were few with the overlooking aspect a matter of judgement and opinion.”

Councillor Jim Millar said: “These new homes are a very welcome addition to the council’s housing stock in Arbroath and will provide excellent family accommodation. They are attractive, well designed and will be finished to a high specification. For example the front and back doors have a security level. The quality of the loft and wall insulation will also help at a time of rising fuel costs for families. We are continuing to work hard to provide new homes across Angus and further developments.”

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