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Religious group asks councillors to rethink proposal for new church near Perth

A religious group denied permission to build a new church near Perth by the local authority on three separate occasions has appealed against the latest refusal.

Documents published online show Perth and Kinross Council’s Local Review Body has been asked to reconsider Perth Gospel Trust’s most recent application to form a place of worship on land east of Castle Wynd in West Kinfauns.

The request comes after officials refused the trust’s latest application using delegated powers after concluding the proposal would take up too much existing open space and draw too much traffic to the area.

The group first failed to secure consent to form the new church two years ago after planners concluded the proposal “would take up almost half” of an undeveloped open space between West Kinfauns and the A90 and “would over dominate the area”.

The council’s Local Review Body then dismissed the group’s first appeal almost a whole year later after a majority agreed an undeveloped green space ought to be left as a buffer between the settlement and the highway.

The group sent a new application to PKC earlier this year saying they had scaled down their plans but officials withheld consent again arguing the latest proposal “compromised” the local area.

They said in their decision report: “Following the previous refusal on this site the proposed building has been resited towards the south and some landscaping is proposed.

“However, the visual amenity value of the open space is still compromised by the proposal.

“The supporting statement suggests that the development would allow the open space to be accessible to the public to some degree.

“However, the use suggests that it would be primarily for those that use the place of worship rather than being of benefit to the wider residential community and its value as [an] open, undeveloped green buffer … would still be diminished.”

The Local Review Body is next scheduled to meet to consider appeals on November 9 and its last meeting of the year is scheduled to take place on December 7.



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