Millionaire Gillian Bayford-Dean’s plans to build six homes in Dundee are being recommended for approval, despite fears over the potential impact on wildlife.
Mrs Bayford-Dean, who shared a £148 million jackpot with her then-husband seven years ago, has permission from Dundee City Council to build six homes next to Pitkerro Mill, between Kellas Road and Fithie Burn.
She is now looking to alter a condition imposed on the consent, which limited where the homes could be built.
The millionaire submitted a new application asking for the condition to be relaxed since a flood risk assessment had said reinstating a wall to the north of the site and retaining bund embankments on the river would reduce the area at risk of flooding.
Council officers are recommending the application for approval.
However, six objections have been received, meaning councillors will have to have the final say on it.
One opponent said the work that had been carried out already had been to the detriment of “local amenity, wildlife and increased the risk of flooding”.
The building site is near the C-listed Pitkerro Mill, as well as the streams and the Drumsturdy pond which once powered it.
Dundee City Council’s planning committee discussed the plans on November 11, but deferred a decision so staff could check on the works that had been taking place on the site.
Other objections include claims the land has not been well maintained in recent years and concerns regarding the control of water through the site into nearby Riverside Cottage.
Environment agency Sepa have been consulted on the matter and had no issues
Council officers said the plans included a “sustainable drainage system” and they were recommending permission for the revised conditions.
Other conditions, including a requirement that the developers submit details of the boundary treatment before continuing work on the site and another requiring that no house is built over an existing active drain, are still in place.
The local authority’s planning committee will meet to vote on the plans on Monday.
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