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Proposed CALA development Sheriffmuir Rd.

posted 4 Dec 2014, 06:04 by Communications TEAM
The Community Council have lodged the undernoted objection to this proposed development of eight five bedroomed properties.  The Community Council would encourage any residents who have concerns with regard to this development to express these concerns by lodging an objection with Stirling Council.  Objections can be lodged on line at Stirling Council Planning under Ref 14/00666/FUL

Bridge of Allan Community Council response to planning application Ref No. 14/00666/FUL  Sheriffmuir Rd. Bridge of Allan


This site was not included in the draft Local Development Plan that the Community Council and residents had an opportunity to make comment on last year.  The inclusion of the area in the final plan results from representations made by the developers near to the end of the Local Development Plan process.  As a result neither the Community Council nor residents had an opportunity to review or make comment on the inclusion of this area as a potential development site.  Bridge of Allan Community Council however accept the outcome of the Local Development Plan process and do not object to the principle of this area being developed.  

The Community Council however have grave concerns with regard to the proposals now submitted.  The proposal is to build eight five bedroomed villas.  The number and size of units proposed represents gross over development of this site.   

The LDP states that –


The views of the front elevation of the B listed Blawlowan and its wider setting must be protected through sympathetic design and layout. Housing to be low-density and low-rise and overall number of units to reflect this sensitive setting.


Design to protect the landscape setting of this edge of countryside site, which is within the Western Ochils Local Landscape Area.


Layout and design to give effective transition between the low rise university buildings and the countryside.


The proposal to build eight substantial five bedroomed villas is neither low density nor low rise nor does the proposed development provide an effective transition between the low rise University buildings and the countryside.  Any development on this site should be restricted to single storey bungalows with a maximum of five or six units.

The application does not propose any improvements to the adjoining Sherriffmuir Road.  In particular the alignment of the corner at the east end of the site should be improved along with improved sight lines at this corner and entrances to the development. 

 The proposed arrangements to handle surface water from the site appear to be inadequate and are likely to contribute to an existing flooding problem in the area.  The area in the vicinity of the site and below the site has been subject to regular flooding.  There was a major flood event in 2012 when flooding from the Forglen Burn inundated a number of properties in the area including the Meadowpark Hotel.  No flood risk assessment has been prepared. 

The development will increase the volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic using Kenilworth Rd and in particular the busy junction with Henderson St.  Stirling Council has identified the need for a pedestrian crossing in the area of the junction of Kenilworth Rd and Henderson St.  Any development on this site will increase the pedestrian traffic through this area as it is the only practical route for pedestrians to both Bridge of Allan Primary School and Wallace High.  If any development take place on this site the developers should be required to finance this crossing.

 Bridge of Allan Community Council object to the proposals for the reasons stated above.