Scotia Homes submits plans for 125 new homes in Forfar

Scotia Homes has submitted a proposal of application notice to build 125 new homes on a site in Forfar bordering land where a 175-house plan is yet to be determined.

The site in question is the near 20-acre area of farmland at Westfield Loan. The move is the latest expansion bid for the west of the town towards the A90 Forfar bypass.

The site sits opposite the existing Westfield Place and Westfield Gardens developments. To its north is another large area of ground which is at the centre of a Muir Homes proposal for housing set to border the A94 Glamis Road leading out of Forfar.

Scotia Homes is in the midst of a 100-house project on the site of the former Princess Alexandra House Guide Dogs for the Blind training centre on Forfar’s Dundee Road.

Angus development standards councillors will receive the report on the proposal of application notice at their meeting this week, The Courier reports.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a public consultation event will not be held but Scotia is planning a live online event on the evening of March 25.

Planning rules dictate that the firm cannot submit a formal application for the scheme before April 15.

Councillors have yet to determine the 175-house Muir Homes application, but it sparked controversy over a historic link to an anthrax burial site in the vicinity.

Carcases of possibly infected livestock were buried at Westfield around the 1940s or 1950s.

Scotia Homes previously said the area of possible contamination is outside the application site and would be 120 metres away from the nearest proposed home in their development.

Council officials have also ruled out a risk to human health.

The Muir Homes application was submitted in September 2019 but has yet to be decided by councillors. Community consultation was carried out, including a Reid Hall public presentation on the plan.

An extended council determination deadline of January 25 has now passed. Almost 40 hectares of land beside Westfield Loan have been allocated in the Angus development plan for the delivery of around 300 homes in the next five years.

Land has also been safeguarded for further expansion of the town beyond 2026. The scale of future development may include consideration of a new town primary school and additional business development land.

Major residential development is also currently under way on the north side of the town where developer Guild Homes is involved in a £50 million, 240-house project between the community campus and the A90.

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