Angus Local Development Plan identifies potential for over 4,600 homes by 2026

Angus home planA modified draft of the Angus Local Development Plan (ALDP) has been agreed which identifies land for the development of around 330 new homes per annum across the area to 2026.

Given the green light by Angus Council this week, the plan also gives continued support for existing sites and brownfield opportunities which could equate to the potential for over 4,620 new homes.

Angus Council said the document that provides a clear framework through to 2026 for the future growth and opportunities within its towns, villages and rural areas, while also protecting the qualities that make Angus a great place to live.

The final plan includes modifications put forward following an independent examination report from Scottish Government appointed Reporters concerning certain unresolved objections to the proposed plan.

It identifies sites suitable for new housing at Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Monifieth and Montrose, which were supported by the Reporters, along with sites at Edzell, Letham and Newtyle. They recommended that no additional or alternative sites be included.

The ALDP sets a requirement for 25 per cent of all new developments of more than 10 units to be provided as affordable housing, which could result in the delivery of up to 935 new affordable housing units across the plan period.

As well as supporting the continued development of existing housing sites the ALDP identified new housing opportunities across the four Angus Housing Market Areas providing choice.

These include:

  • North Angus: 265 new homes at Sunnyside Hospital, Hillside.
  • East Angus: 230 new homes at Crudie Acres, and 120 at Crudie Farm, Arbroath.
  • West Angus: 300 new homes at Turfbeg, Forfar and 300 new homes at Westfield, Forfar.

  • South Angus: 250 new homes at Pitskelly, Carnoustie, 130 new homes at Ashludie Hospital, Monifieth and 350 new homes at land to the west of Victoria Street, Monifieth.
  • The plan also supports the continued expansion and development of existing employment sites at Orchardbank Forfar; Brechin Business Park and Muirhead Industrial Estate in Arborath and identifies about 117 hectares of new employment land that will provide increased flexibility to respond to emerging demands.

    These include 50 hectares identified at Montrose Airfield; an additional 27 hectares at Brechin West and new employment opportunities in Carnoustie at Carlogie and Pitskelly.

    There is also continued support for new rural employment opportunities and diversification across the area.

    The ALDP sets out the future approach for town centres, high quality design, renewables, built and cultural heritage and the protection of natural heritage.

    It will now go forward to Scottish Ministers for formal adoption.

    The Plan and its modifications can be viewed on the council’s dedicated web pages.

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