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Planning Application is now online

The planning application for the developers of Cumbernauld House is now online.

Click here to see the application.

The area that worries us the most is the idea of moving the house from commercial to residental.  Stating that factors fees will cover the upkeep of the house and land with no background seems a little unusual.  The idea of moving the house into flats then selling one and having 9 empty spaces is a very real possibility in the present economic environment and given the fact that the house has already suffered by sitting empty has given us real concerns.

There are a number of assumptions in the document that we’d draw attention to.  The fact that a community development idea is not sustainable is not at all a FACT.  The way we’re dismissed because we’re new to this is very interesting.  We’d love to hear all of your views on the subject.  Can anyone else see any problems?

Remember that you can object or comment online at this link.

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4 thoughts on “Planning Application is now online

  1. I was about to leave an objection on the planning permission, then I thought I’d post it here for comment first.  What I’d like to do, is make sure that my comments are clear, concise and accurate. The planning documents are not and so I may have made mistakes or missed areas that are covered in the plans.  All comments gratefully received.  My draft comment is:

    I have 4 clear objections to this planning application.

    1. This is not a residential building and there is no shortage of residential housing in the area, so there seems no basis to allow the conversion of use.  Further there would be the loss of the potential for this historic building to be put to a commercial use that would benefit the population of Cumbernauld.

    2. The plans do not adequately show address the access issues that are present.  The public will no doubt lose some access if residential use is allowed and therefore the plans need to be clearer as to which areas will have full-time public access, which areas will have occasional public access and which areas will become private and inaccessible. In addition, the plans focus on the residential units and largely ignore the community of new residents and the community of Cumbernauld.  

    3. For the new residents, there doesn’t seem to be much thought given to their privacy. Is this because there is an expectation that, although the public will be able to visit the gardens, they will not be made welcome?  Similarly, what about the safety and security of the planned residents and visitors?

    4. Recreation has also not been properly considered either for the visiting public or planned 52 new residents. Are they only to walk and look at the views?

    Overall these plans do not include the level of innovation that one would expect to see in a project of this scale and interest.  The plans, although professional and reasonably well constructed, seem hurried considering the depth of the issues involved. This suggests to me that the developer is not funding this project properly and will ultimately fail the people of Cumbernauld.

    Posted by Mark Tweddle | December 2, 2010, 8:01 pm
  2. Mark,

    I think this is great input. The Trust’s biggest objection is that rezoning to residential in today’s environment is a recipe for disaster. These points are also excellent and I would put them online as your objection. The more objections the better as far as we’re concerned. We don’t want the house sitting empty and derelict as the developer can’t sell them.

    Thanks

    Robert

    Posted by robmcallen | December 3, 2010, 2:00 pm
  3. I have now lodged my objection. I just made a couple of changes in the end.

    Posted by Mark Tweddle | December 4, 2010, 5:42 am
  4. I notice a few things in section 5: Economic Criteria. The developers offer flimsy reasons for discounting other potential uses for the building. Then the conclusion (5.1.4) relies on circular logic: i.e., the residential option should be supported because the developers haven’t already discounted it. Obviously there are many criticisms of that option which the developers haven’t mentioned.

    It also seems to me that some of their objections to Hotel use might also apply to their own residential proposal. The problem of spa/gym facilities may relate to the lack of recreational options Mark has raised. And if it’s too difficult to provide fire escapes for a hotel in that building, how are they going to handle it for flats?

    It also seems like the penalty for failure with the residential proposal is higher than most of the other options, because the building has to be modified so drastically and specifically. If, for example, it were maintained as a corporate headquarters and another company moved in and failed – you can try something else. But if you turn the building into flats, and things don’t work out in the near or short term, then what? There’s not much else you can do with a building that’s flats, and backing out the modifications would be an expensive mess. From that perspective, the Public Use option seems like the winner because there’d likely be the least amount of modifications that would impede future use.

    Posted by uebergeek | December 12, 2010, 3:45 am

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