A HELENSBURGH and Lomond councillor has clashed with a colleague from his own party over the relaxation of planning rules to help businesses recover from Covid.

Alastair Redman (Conservative, Kintyre and the Islands) told Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee that rules which have been relaxed since July of last year should be relaxed indefinitely to “put growth first”.

But his colleague, Helensburgh and Lomond South councillor David Kinniburgh, replied: “I certainly would not concur with that.

“Are you proposing that we rip up the laws, bin them and let people do what they want?”

A recommendation by council officers that the rules should not be relaxed indefinitely, but instead that the relaxation should be continued until a further review in March 2022, was backed after a vote by the committee.

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