Green light for 3,000-home scheme despite exceeding local plan site target

Plans have been approved for more than 3,000 homes on a largely greenfield site, despite the scheme including over 500 housing units more than the allocation in the council's local plan.

A CGI of plans for 3,000 homes at Durieshill. Image: Springfield Properties
A CGI of plans for 3,000 homes at Durieshill. Image: Springfield Properties

Housebuilder Springfield Properties has secured full planning permission from Stirling Council for 3,012 homes and permission in principle for a five hectare business park on a 268 hectare site close to the settlements of Bannockburn and Plean in Scotland.

Plans for the Durieshill development also include a village centre with 15 shops and commercial units, a 30-unit care home, a secondary school and two primary schools.

Stirling Council planning officers advised that the site, which is largely comprised of agricultural land plus some existing houses, is allocated in the authority’s local plan for around 2,500 homes, five hectares of employment land, and a supermarket.  

Officers noted that the application was "at variance with the local development plan", seeking permission for 542 more units than specified by the site allocation.

However, they said this was "not considered to be a significant number relative to the number of units in the original allocation". They advised that "the additional units will not result in an unacceptably dense or overdeveloped site".

Officers also noted the proposed provision of local shops, services, and schools, advising that this aspect of the application was in accordance with requirements for the site allocation.

While Stirling Council can demonstrate the required five-year housing land supply, officers said the proposed scheme would make "a significant contribution to Stirling’s housing and longer-term growth needs" and would be "fundamental to maintaining the five-year effective supply".

Officers said Springfield Properties has proposed a policy-compliant 25 per cent affordable housing contribution. 

The developer said it expects to commence work on site by late autumn 2020 and for the first homes to be occupied during 2022.

In August, plans were approved for up to 600 homes at Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire following a recommendation from planners that the scheme would "integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding area".

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