Hotel expansion gets green light

Falkirk Council's planning committee looked at a partially retrospective application from The Orchard Hotel's Stuart Crawford to change the use from office and hairdressers to a hotel at 22 and 26 Princes Street and 2, 4 and 6 Kerse Lane, Falkirk.

Planning committee convener Baillie Billy Buchana
Planning committee convener Baillie Billy Buchana

The application was initially considered at meeting of the committee on August 17 and continued.

Councillor Colin Chalmers put forward a motion to refuse the application on the grounds it would have a detrimental impact on a conservation area but was unable to get someone to second it.

Decision

A number of committee members voiced concerns over the retrospective nature of the application but agreed to grant planning permission, stating it would have a positive economic impact on the town.