Guild Homes submits revised plans for 216 new homes in Forfar

Guild Homes submits revised plans for 216 new homes in Forfar

Guild Homes a submitted a revised plan to build 216 new homes at Turfbeg West in Forfar.

The application, which includes 25% affordable housing, was submitted to Angus Council late last month.

The plans concern land located between Forfar’s community campus and the A90. It is a smaller version of a £50 million plan for 245 houses the firm lodged with Angus Council in 2021.

The Garth Farm site is west of the company’s under-construction Strathmore Fields development, due for completion in 2024. However, the land they want to build on is not zoned for housing in the Angus local plan. The original proposal never went before councillors.

The company submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government over non-determination of the application.

In August 2022, reporter Keith Bray dismissed that appeal. He highlighted a housing land shortage and said there was a “strong public interest in progressing new housing sites in west Angus”.

However, Mr Bray said the cumulative shortcomings of the plan and its conflict with development plan policy outweighed the need to address the housing land shortfall, The Courier reports.

Guild Homes said it has taken on board the criticisms and remains of the view the 216-house expansion is a “logical and sustainable extension to the ongoing development at Strathmore Fields”.

Guild Home said: “The reporter highlighted a number of areas of specific concern.”

Those concerns were:

  • Noise, specifically to the properties to the northwest of the site
  • Perceived impact on Forfar Loch Country Park
  • Issues related to design.

The firm said: “The proposed development layout has been amended to respond to all the areas that were of concern to the reporter.”

Neighbours and the public have the opportunity to comment on the proposal from now. Planners have set a deadline of early May for the application to be determined.

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