There were 163 'letters of objection' of which
132 'being of similar format and content' and 31 individual letters.
There was one additional letter of objection from
Councillor J Constable, convener of the Regulatory Committee of
In support of the application there were 39 letters,
including one from the local MP and MSP, Michael Connarty and Cathy
In determining the decision the Reporter, Malcolm
Mahoney stated, "In exercise of the powers delegated to me
I therefore allow your clients'
(Grange Estates) appeal and grant outline planning permission for
a mixed use development comprising residential, business, leisure
facilities and ancillary works at Drum Farm, Bo'ness in accordance
with planning application reference F/2004/0063 dated 30 January
There are a number of conditions relating to the
outline planning application which will have to be considered subject
to the usual planning authority approval procedure.
The hotel element of the development as proposed
has not been permitted primarily because, "The hotel/restaurant
facility within the business park goes beyond the local plan allocation
and the masterplan".
Malcolm Mahoney, Reporter, "I therefore
find that the proposals are consistent with the development plan,
albeit the most supportive component of that plan — the BLP
(Bo'ness Local Plan) — should carry reduced, but still significant,
weight. The business park element of the proposals is contrary to
the provisions of the CDFCLP (Consultative Draft Falkirk Council
Local Plan), but that carries only limited weight.
All elements of the proposals are in line with
the masterplan for Drum Farm, which carries moderate weight. Other
issues which have been raised carry only negligible weight or are
not relevant. As the other material considerations do not justify
an exception to the development plan, I conclude that the appeal
should be allowed. I have taken account of all the other matters
raised but find none that outweigh the considerations on which my
decision is based."