Kilmacolm Meadow - West of Quarry Drive
After Inverclyde Council voted to 'approve' the proposed development in the Meadow we wrote to the Scottish Ministers to ask that this case be 'called in' by them.
This is a very rare option and is not used much by them.
However, they agreed with us (and others) and have called this case in and it will be determined by the DPEA Reporter now!
The Scottish Ministers also commented "they consider the case raises issues of national significance with regard to the interpretation and application of Scottish Planning Policy, and in view of Inverclyde Council’s interest in the proposed development, to allow further scrutiny of the reasons for proposing to approve it as a significant departure from the
On the 26th of January 2023, the Scottish Ministers 'granted planning permission' for this site and that decision can only be challenged in the Court of Session.
It would have cost us £3,000 to get a Counsel Opinion to see if we had a case that could go to the Court and if we did a further £25,000 (plus a possible another £25,000 if we lost).
There is no way that most community groups can do this - so not having access to or being offered a substantial cash donation we have chosen to stop the fight now.
The KRA has been fighting this particular battle for the last 4 years.
You can follow the case on the DPEA's website HERE