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Milnathort residents fear changes to new development will cause garden landslip

The Pace Hill development in Milnathort borders Paul Grant's garden
The Pace Hill development in Milnathort borders Paul Grant's garden

Residents in Milnathort have claimed unplanned changes to a new development bordering their homes has put their gardens in danger of slipping away.

Neighbours at Linden Park Road have hit out at both Perth and Kinross Council and developers Dundas Estates over the new Pace Hill development, being built in close proximity to their houses.

Paul Grant, of Linden Park Road, believes changes have been made to both the agreed tree line and retaining wall, which puts his garden at risk of slipping into the new estate.

The council and the developers argue that none of the changes are significant enough to warrant new permissions.

Paul said: “It’s my garden that will be affected because they’ve made these changes.

“Should there be severe weather the land could move and disappear off down the hill.

“If the embankment is going to go, it’s going to go, there’s nothing there to stop it.

“Perth and Kinross Council haven’t put in place the right protections.

“For them to turn around at this late stage and change it is just shoddy.

“It doesn’t give me any confidence and won’t give anyone buying the houses any confidence.”

The Pace Hill development

Mike Andrews of Dundas Estates said the council had made contact over both the retaining wall and tree line.

He claimed that no issues were found with the current tree line and the council has requested plans for the latest drawing for the wall.

He said: “There are changes we are making to the retaining wall but I don’t believe it needs a new planning application.

“We’ve been asked to send in a plan for the latest design which we are in the process of doing.”

A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “The council has been working with the developer on these issues, and no planning application or formal consents were considered to be required for the works that have been carried out.

“Trees were re-positioned away from an area which will be impacted by construction activities.

“Retaining walls were also moved in order to offer greater protection to neighbouring trees.

“This was based on recommendations raised within a supporting Arboricultural Report.

“While it was also not a requirement to consult on these matters with nearby property owners, we understand that the developer voluntarily raised awareness about the works.”

Paul disputed that the consultation had ever been carried out.

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