Hotel plans to remove wall ‘will affect neighbours privacy’

Falkirk Council’s planning committee will consider a proposal from the Orchard Hotel to remove a stone wall on its Orchard Street frontage.

Hotel plans to remove wall ‘will affect neighbours privacy’ in Falkirk LDRS

A town centre hotel and bar’s plans to remove a stone wall around its premises will be looked at after concerns that it will affect neighbours’ privacy, increase noise and affect the area’s character.

Falkirk Council’s planning committee will consider a proposal from the Orchard Hotel, which sits at the corner of Kerse Lane and Orchard Street, to remove a stone wall on its Orchard Street frontage.

The hotel, which is in a conservation area, has already removed some of the wall without permission.

Four objections have been received to the application, with comments saying that the wall provides a barrier between the pub and houses in Orchard Street.

Orchard Hotel Car Park.

Falkirk Council’s planning officers have recommended that the wall should stay in place as removing it will decrease privacy for neighbours and increase noise.

They are also concerned that the wall “contributes to the character of the conservation area” and it would be against planning policy to remove it.

But the decision will be made by the planning committee after the application was called in by Councillor James Kerr.

The hotel says the plans to take the wall down are part of car park improvements.

Last year, it was refused planning permission for a beer garden that was built during Covid restrictions in part of the hotel’s car park.

The Orchard is now appealing this decision and the beer garden remains in place.

Falkirk Council’s Planning Committee meets on Wednesday (January 17) in Grangemouth Community Education Unit, Abbot’s Road, K3 8JB.

The meeting will also be livestreamed on the council’s YouTube channel.

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