Bridge of Allan Destination Marketing and Community Led Tourism – Your views needed

All business owners, community group leaders and those representing schools and clubs in the village are invited to a meeting at The Meadowpark Pub and Kitchen on 20th July* to shape plans for a group supporting investment in, and promotion of, the village.

Following the recent work to support the National Wallace Monument local economic development and tourism plans, we aim to establish a community led group, with representation from our diverse community – and we need your views and ideas to shape the proposal.

Bridge of Allan is recognised for its exciting independent businesses, it’s excellent food and drink offer and as a great place to live, work and visit.  We need your support to shape our community tourism and business plan

At the meeting you can shape plans for a community interest company that is being formed to represent our village as a fabulous place to visit, live, work and study.  Join us at The Meadowpark Pub and Kitchen marquee on the 20th July 1800 hrs – 1900 hrs.

To ensure we manage numbers to be COVID compliant, please RSVP to jmeiklebland@hotmail.com

* an additional meeting date of 29th July has been set for those who cannot make the 20th July. Please get in touch about attending either date.

Park of Keir Development nears conclusion

Park of Keir Development nears conclusion

On 24th June Stirling Council announced that they have received the signed Section 75 agreement from the applicant in relation to the Park of Keir Development.  

For background to this planning application the 2015 proposal and all associated documents are available via the Stirling Council Planning Portal, including an objection on behalf of the Community Council. The application for a tennis and golf center, sports pitches and housing on the Greenbelt between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane was refused by the Council.  The applicant appealed.  In December 2016 a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government to review the appeal recommended that the appeal be dismissed and permission refused for the development.  See the full report here.

However in 2017 Scottish Ministers decided in favour of the development and issued a Notice of Intention to approve the development subject to conditions. See this letter for details of the conditions requested and reasons for the conditions being placed.

Numerous extensions were granted to the applicant to consider and accept the conditions with a deadline of June 30th to agree to the terms.  Negotiations have taken place between Stirling Council and the applicant and it is not clear what the final conditions that have been agreed are. 

Bridge of Allan Community Council, Dunblane Community Council and Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion are calling for transparency, to be able to see the agreement and observe the forthcoming discussion.  Dunblane Community Council have written to Stirling Council and we support their comments.  We are concerned that the conditions have been watered down against the interests of the community, and that the proposed development has altered from the original application.

Our local MSPs Mark Ruskell and Alexander Stewart have spoken out about the development, asking for the proposal to be rejected (Stirling Observer 24.06.2021).  Through the support of our local Councilors we have requested that the documents be made public to allow for public scrutiny and that the planning discussion, due to be held on 3rd August, also be held in a public forum.  However due to past experience we do not hold out much hope.  Contact your local representatives to let them know your views.

Blairforkie Drive Planning Webinar Feb 2nd 7pm

Blairforkie Drive Planning Webinar Feb 2nd 7pm

We are hosting a public Zoom Webinar with D.M Hall and Allanwater Homes to address the community’s queries about the application.  The meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd February at 7pm, the meeting details are below. 

We have a panel of residents who have summarised the main questions and concerns and will deliver these to the developers.  Any follow up questions, sparked by the discussion can be typed into the Q&A/chat function and these will be collated and then passed onto the developer.  We will then publish any responses that we receive from the developer on our website and social media.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 2, 2021 07:00 PM London
Topic: Blairforkie Planning Consultation

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86237523539?pwd=T1I0c3NPUk1HSGdmZUlzZmtQMGJpdz09
Passcode: 808131

Blairforkie Drive Planning Webinar Feb 2nd 7pm

Blairforkie Drive – Pre Application Consultation

We are sharing with you information recieved from DM Hall regarding the proposed development at Blairforkie Drive.  This is your chance to comment on the proposed plans.  You can view the plans, complete a feedback questionnaire, attend the online session or email Paul directly.

On 19th October 2020, Allanwater Homes submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN-2020-013) to Stirling Council for the potential development of land at Blairforkie Drive, Bridge of Allan.

The proposal is for residential development, with associated ground re-modelling, new and altered roads, new and altered footpaths, related infrastructure, including foul and surface water drainage, and landscaping. The final extent of development and number of homes proposed will depend on pre-application consultation and site appraisals.

Please find below the details for the public consultation. The indicative proposals and information is available online from 09 December 2020 at http://www.blairforkie.co.uk/

  • Newspaper Advert Date and Event Start Date: 09 December 2020
  • Live Public Event Date: 13 January 2021
  • Live Public Event Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Closing date for comments: 23 January 2021

If you have any comments on the pre-application consultation proposals please submit them by 23 January 2021 by email to: paul.houghton@dmhall.co.uk or by post to Paul Houghton, DMHall, The Mill, Station Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4JS.