DESPITE concerns about a lack of detail and that the plans had not been ‘fully thought out’, councillors are being recommended to approve an application for a new play park and multi-use games area in Bannerfield.
The proposal will go before members of the council’s planning committee on Monday.
If approved, play areas for toddlers and older children will be built on the current grassed site adjacent to Philip View, which has only a few older pieces of play equipment at the moment.
The ‘Bannerfield Active’ scheme, which has been led by Philiphaugh Community School, will also see the area landscaped and planting schemes created, said by planning officer Andrew Evans to be a ‘significant enhancement’. However, in summarising consultation responses for a report to councillors, Mr Evans said the council’s landscape architect had concerns that the plans did not appear ‘fully thought out or explained’.
Mr Evans has, however, proposed a series of conditions which will ensure that control is retained over the details of the scheme, as a funding bid is still progressing through lottery grant processes, meaning there could be variations to the equipment to be installed. Conditions have also been drafted that seek to mitigate against an initial objection from Scottish Natural Heritage regarding the potential for contamination, due to surface water run-off and during the construction phase, of the Ettrick Water and Long Philip Burn.
The report confirms that no lighting scheme for the play areas or pitches is included in this plan.