I The application site lies 120 metres to the east of Eas.sr Dullatur Farm and to the north side of the existing access track from Dullatur Road. It is separated from the existing farm buildings by one field where sloping land would make development immediately alongside the existing farm difficult. To the north and northeast are other open fields of the farm, while to the south of the site is an embankment covered with trees, the course of the Antonine Wall and the railway.
It is proposed to construct a one and a half storey house for the son of the farm owner, and who already works full time at Easter Dullatur Farm. A report prepared by the Scottish Agricultural College has been submitted which concludes that the farm warrants three full time agricultural workers. The house would be finished in white harling with some stone, vertically proportioned windows and a steep black/blue artificial slate roof.
There have been no third party representations received on this application.
My Transportation Section have no objections to the proposal and neither do NLC Community Services Department, subject to conditions, following the receipt of an amended siting plan. NLC Protective Services recommend a condition requiring a site investigation report and any required remedial measures, due to areas of unknown fill in the vicinity.
Historic Scotland have confirmed that the Scheduled Ancient Monument of the Antonine Wall would not be affected by the proposed development, and that its setting would be unlikely to be significantly affected. The West of Scotland Archaeology Service (WOSAS) commented on the original proposal, that it would have a direct and serious deleterious effect on earthworks likely to be part of a Roman frontier ditch. WOSAS accept that the amended proposed siting is likely to be in advance of the Roman frontier and its earthworks and that it would have a less serious impact. Whilst preferring refusal of the application, WOSAS have now suggested a condition requiring archaeological investigation,should the development be approved.
The site lies within the Green Belt in the Kilsyth Local Plan 1999 and Policy GB3 requires an agricultural or other justification for any new house, the restriction of occupancy by condition or Section 75 Legal Agreement, and the guidance of PAN36 “Siting and Design of New Housing in the Countryside”to be followed.
Policy NE1 on Prime Quality Agricultural Land also applies and presumes against development except where there are overriding relevant circumstances. It is considered that agricultural need provides such a justification. Policy BE8 opposes any development adversely affecting a Scheduled Ancient Monument or its setting, and refers to consultation with Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland have confirmed that the Antonine Wall would not be affected by the current proposal, and that there would be unlikely to be any significant impact on its setting.