January 2018


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2018 has arrived and progress is being made.  Whilst the Showfield planning application by 3b rumbles along, things are moving along on the old Bank of Scotland building.

Old BANK of SCOTLAND Building

Just before Christmas we received official notification from the Scottish Ministers that they had decided that the community's interest in the former Bank of Scotland branch in Wigtown should be entered into the Register of Community Interests in Land.  The Bank of Scotland had been given the opportunity to submit views on our application but, as they had chosen not to, the Scottish Ministers considered that this meant that they had no objections to it. 

Nothing more can happen until the Bank of Scotland formally notifies the Scottish Government that they want to sell the building, at which time the community's right to buy will be triggered and W&BCI will be given first refusal.  W&BCI will then have at least six months in which to work up detailed proposals for the building to satisfy both the Scottish Ministers on the sustainabilty of the plans and the Scottish Land Fund who could provide up to 95% of an independent valuation of the Bank building and land.

Wigtown area Housing Needs Survey

We have been working closely with D&GSCHT in the initial stages of conducting a Burgh wide survey of current and future housing needs.  Funding was secured last year to undertake this work and this month we will be drawing up plans for the implementation of the survey and gathering of information from both the public and related organisations.  The survey will be undertaken using a range of methods including, online, door to door, focus groups and questionnaires.

We will have more details in the February newsletter.



Old Showfield

Hot off the press, Dumfries and Galloway Council Planning have issued their decision regarding the £b application for 43 houses.  The decision, issued on the 29th January was as follows:

5.1 Refuse on the following grounds:-
1. In the absence of further information requested by letter on 13 December 2017 under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations 2013, with particular regard to (i) finished site levels (ii) details of cut and fill (iii) vehicle tracking for refuse vehicles and (iv) details of the location and delivery mechanism for affordable housing provision, the Council as planning authority has insufficient information on which to form a proper judgement on this application.


Meet our Director

This month we would like to introduce Robert Richmond.  Robert joined up with the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative because he wants to help the young people of Wigtown.


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