Plans to develop the Carlogie Road site in Carnoustie have been deferred after Angus councillors voted 7-4 in favour of the motion.
Councillor David Fairweather seconded the application deferral proposed by Carnoustie councillor Bill Bowles stating: “Carnoustie should be open for business but we have to make sure it’s the right site and the right people.”
The application made by Angus Estates and Muir Group, to develop the site as an ‘employment area’ was initially recommended for approval.
Since then, a rival bid by DJ Laing Homes for the Upper Victoria area has been lodged and is still in the consultation stage.
Mr Bowles said: “It is unlikely in this economic climate that the town would be able to support two business parks and after the second application has been submitted then we can make a decision based on the best possible option for Carnoustie.”
The development standards committee is keen to take a ‘master plan’ approach to the development of Carnoustie in order to make the correct decision.
Mr Bowles, supported by Councillor Brian Boyd, wants to impress how important having all the facts and making a balanced judgment is for the people.
“We get one chance at this and it’s got to be the right one,” he said. “This is a plan for the next 10, 20, 30 years and it is vital that the decision is best for everyone.
“It shouldn’t just be the application that came first, it should be the one that is most suited to the people and the town.”
Mr Bowles is confident that the deferral will not delay things for too long and is hoping the whole process will take two or three months, ‘not years’ to get a decision.