Auchrannie faces opposition in bid for housing site

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A fourth application has been made for planning permission for two new housing plots in woodland on Auchrannie Road.

The application, for a change of use in principal, has lodged with North Ayrshire Council by Auchrannie Leisure Ltd. It follows two withdrawn applications, one from 2003 for four houses and another from 2007 for four semi-detached dwellings. A further application was also made in 2003, reduced in scale, for two houses.

The applications have faced difficulties in the past, owing to the location and nature of the site, and received objections from both the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) – as being at high risk of flooding – and West of Scotland Archaeology Service (WOSAS) for being a site of potential prehistoric significance.

In addition to this, in a previous application, NAC said that the trees on the site would be a ‘material consideration in assessing any application’. Accommodating large mature mixed species of trees, estimated as being older than 150-years, the area also contains rare elm trees that are resistant to Dutch elm disease.

The submitted site plan includes a number of trees on the rear border of the site which is known locally as the Doctor’s Wood but the remainder of the trees that line the road are not evident in the plans.

A total of nine neighbour notifications have been issued to residential houses and businesses within 20 metres of the boundary site.

SEPA, WOSAS and NAC Flooding have all objected to the latest proposal and the application remains under consideration by North Ayrshire planning officials.


North Ayrshire planning officials are considering an application to build two houses on the site pictured on the right of  Auchrannie Road. 01_B16auchrannie1