Durieshill housing development makes progress with Section 75 agreement
A major housing development in Durieshill that Springfield Properties had claimed was moving at a “snail’s pace” can now move forward after a Section 75 agreement was confirmed by Stirling Council.
The ‘self-sustaining community’, which secured initial planning consent four years ago, will see the creation of 3,000 homes, including private and affordable homes, as well as a primary and secondary school and opportunities for small businesses such as cafes, shops and dentists.
Springfield’s chairman Sandy Adam staged a protest outside the council’s headquarters earlier this year posing with an eight-foot figure of a snail to highlight the speed at which the council was moving on the project.
The Section 75, which requires Springfield to make a financial contribution to the council to be used for improving local infrastructure, was discussed at a Special Meeting of Stirling Council committee meeting last week and approved by the council’s planning committee today.
Innes Smith, chief executive of Springfield Properties, said: “Today marks a milestone moment for Durieshill and we would like to thank the council officials who have worked hard to help us reach this point.
“Our plans will see a fantastic new village being built, with much-needed new homes alongside schools, shops, and services such as new cafes. The development will also provide opportunities for over 400 jobs and apprenticeships, injecting money into the local economy and making a huge contribution to the area.”
Under the plans, more than half of the site will be woodland, community landscaping, allotments, amenity space and pocket parks, and the hills across the site will remain undeveloped protecting historical views of Stirling.
The entire travel network at Durieshill prioritises sustainable travel and promotes health and well-being – cycling, walking and public transport are made preferable throughout the village and the network connects more widely to established paths, cycle paths and main routes to Stirling and beyond.
Innes Smith, added: “Durieshill represents a game-changing development for Stirling and will allow us to deliver a thriving community for generations to enjoy. Whilst it has taken a long time for us to reach this point, we are looking forward to working closely with Stirling Council as we move forward and make our vision a reality.”