Formal proposals have been submitted for a controversial housing development in the Allan’s Bridge Greenbelt.
Allanwater Homes, which submitted a notice of demand proposal for the Blairforkie site in 2020, plans to erect a total of 46 homes – twelve of which are described as affordable.
Residents living near the site – bounded by the popular Darn Walk, Blairforkie Drive and Fishers Green – have already expressed concern about its potential impact on the environment as well as increased road traffic and pressures on communities. infrastructure.
A campaign group, Save Blairforkie Greenspace, has since been set up to oppose the plans and it has been distributing leaflets in the area.
Allanwater Homes described the scheme as “the next generation” of housing growth in the city.
However, Bridge of Allan councilor Alasdair Tollemache said this week: ‘It is essential that we protect our greenbelt, and as such this development is in the wrong place.
A planning statement submitted with the planning application says Bridge of Allan is a ‘stressed area’, where housing prices and lack of social rental housing exclude people, and particularly those on low incomes , the housing market.
He continues, “For this reason, a 33% Affordable Housing Contribution is required for developments of four or more units. This development will provide 12 affordable units.
“These will be the first new affordable homes in the city in recent memory, when existing allocations are extremely unlikely to provide anywhere near that number.
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“There are few identified housing allocations in the city, with the five identified contributing only about 30 units (2015-2022) and 6 units (2022-2027).
“Of these, Inverallan Road Number Four is identified as inefficient and is listed as being removed, as an allocation, from the next Local Development Plan (Housing Land Audit 2020), which will remove 12 units, leaving 18.
“While a third of these remaining 18 units (i.e. six) are expected to be affordable, it is likely that given these low numbers, payments in lieu will be accepted in any case, meaning there are no social rental housing units likely to arise in the city until 2027.’
It was further pointed out that the provision of education has been identified as a particular constraint and therefore development will provide developer input to this.
The statement concluded: “Based on the above, and after reviewing all other submissions and drawings, it is clear that the proposed development complies with policy 2.1 (the supply of effective housing land over five years ) of the Local Development Plan (LDP), and with all other LDP policies and applicable guidelines.
“There are no material considerations that indicate anything other than that the proposals are supportable.
“As the proposed development is therefore in accordance with the development plan and there are no material considerations to the contrary, it must be approved.”