Plans progress for 46 new homes in Bridge of Allan

Allanwater Homes has submitted a formal proposal for a housing development on Bridge of Allan greenbelt.

Plans progress for 46 new homes in Bridge of Allan

The developer plans to erect a total of 46 homes, twelve of which are described as affordable.

Residents living near the site, which is bounded by the popular Darn Walk, Blairforkie Drive and Fishers Green, have highlighted concerns about its potential environmental impact as well as increased road traffic and pressures on infrastructure, The Daily Record reports.

Allanwater Homes have described the development as “the next generation” of housing growth in the town.

A planning statement submitted along with the planning application states that Bridge of Allan is a “highly pressured area”, where house prices, and a lack of social rented accommodation, are excluding people, and particularly those on low incomes, from the housing market.

It continues: “For that reason, a 33% affordable housing contribution is required for developments of four units or more. This development will provide 12 affordable units.
£These will be the first new affordable houses in the town in recent memory, whilst it is extremely unlikely that existing allocations will provide anywhere near this number.”

The planning statement adds: “There are few housing allocations identified in the town, with the five identified only contributing an estimated 30 units (2015-2022) and 6 units (2022-2027).

“Of those, number four Inverallan Road is identified as non-effective, and is stated as being for removal, as an allocation, from the next local development plan (Housing Land Audit 2020), which will remove 12 units, leaving 18.

“Although a third of those remaining 18 units (i.e. six) should be affordable, it is likely that, given such low numbers, payments in lieu will be accepted in all cases, meaning there are no socially rented accommodation units likely to come forward in the town up to 2027.”

It was further highlighted that education provision had been identified as a particular constraint and the developer will therefore make a contribution towards that.

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