Yesterday a report went up onto the planning website for Cumbernauld House. We wanted to make clear what this document was in case there was confusion. This report is from the planning team within the council and is a recommendation to the planning committee. It does recommend approval of the scheme but with a large number of conditions.
This does not mean the scheme has been approved it purely means that the proposal is considered by them to be acceptable from a technical standpoint. There are a couple of areas which we need to look at further though. This report is actually very good news for the house as the conditions set out mean that the house should be protected moving forward IF (and it’s a big IF) the conditions are approved and, most importantly, adhered to.
The piece that the report cannot and does not (rightly) take into account is the community aspect of the house. The report is about the house not the community. You’ll see in the report that this area is mentioned but is the remit of the planning committee. The numbers of community objections is significant enough and the amount of publicity for this campaign is sufficient enough to draw council heads.
The conditions in the report are a direct result of YOUR involvement – everyone in the community deserves a strong pat on the back. They are drawn (as you’ll see) from the community getting involved and forcing that our house be protected so even if the planning committee hearing goes in favour of turning the house into houses and the council decide to ignore the views of the public of Cumbernauld – if these conditions are implemented then we’ll have made sure the house is saved for future generations. Remember though this is only a proposal and not a done deal so we can’t let up at this vital stage. Putting in objections is still important at this stage so please do if you haven’t already.
So just in case there is confusion we wanted to be clear what this report signifies. There is still a little matter of a hearing and council site visit to take into account and we’ll still have our day in front of the councillors to air the views of the community of Cumbernauld.