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Developers appeal Perth and Kinross Council direction to provide environmental assessment for housing scheme

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A developer with designs to build around 160 new homes in Kinross has appealed a council direction to provide an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to the dismay of a councillor concerned about the potential impact on Loch Leven.It emerged this week Miller Homes has asked Scottish ministers to overrule a request from Perth and Kinross Council to supply an EIA to assure staff its plans to form the new homes on land north of Davies Park will not have a significant impact on the environment.Kinross-shire councillor Willie Robertson, who recently wrote to Scotland’s environment minister with concerns about the amount of raw sewage already being discharged into Loch Leven when existing sewerage systems are overloaded, said this week he was “very disappointed” the company had opted to challenge the council’s instructions.Documents published online show the company asked the local authority for a screening opinion regarding its proposed development through property consultancy Montagu Evans in July this year and PKC provided their opinion in September.The council decided it required an EIA as it considers the scheme would be “out of scale” with the existing environment and lead to “further consequential development” which could have “a significant impact” on the environment.The local authority also judged the cumulative impact of the scheme and other relatively new nearby developments like Lathro Park could be “potentially significant” because of their combined scale.In addition PKC identified “potential capacity issues” at wastewater treatment works beside Loch Leven where it admitted water quality problems have existed “for many years”.The local authority said it considered more development in the area would not have a

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