For the Blackwater potential housing site, adjacent to the existing Gleann Dubh development in Lewis, the Planning Service has prepared a draft Planning Brief for public and stakeholder consultation. This Brief will inform a more expanded masterplanning exercise by a potential developer, and aid planning appraisal of any future development proposals for the site.
We received responses from a number of statutory Key Agencies and internal Comhairle stakeholders, across a range of issues including the spatial strategy, flood risk, and environmental heritage.
Of the Key Themes: We Did
All comments were assessed and were largely taken on, informing the finalised Planning Brief which was approved as a non-statutory part of the Development Plan in 2018.
Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do
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There is an ongoing programme of site identification in order to deliver affordable housing, and specifically the assessment of larger potential housing sites in and around Stornoway. Recognising the scale, complexity and extended lead-in time to develop and enable these types of sites the Planning Service proposes that a scheme of advanced planning policy or guidance is put in place in anticipation of some of these sites potentially coming forward for development. One of these sites is at Blackwater in Newmarket, adjacent to existing housing development.
Why We Are Consulting
For the Blackwater site, adjacent to the existing Gleann Dubh development, the Planning Service has prepared a draft Planning Brief for public and stakeholder consultation. This Brief would inform a more expanded masterplanning exercise by a potential developer, and aid planning appraisal of any future development proposals for the site.
The draft Planning Brief is available for review along with a comment form on the Development Plan Consultations page.
What Happens Next
We are now asking for your views on the draft Planning Brief. Comments received will be reviewed and the draft Brief amended as appropriate. This will be reported back to the Council and eventually become Comhairle Planning policy.