Stirling Council’s planning panel to discuss Seven Sisters Field plan

Stirling Council’s planning panel is set to discuss a 265-home development plan proposed for Cambusbarron.

Barratt Homes West Scotland Ltd has submitted an application for approval of matters specified in conditions of that permission to build homes and associated infrastructure at the Seven Sisters Field site.

An online petition aimed at stopping the Seven Sisters Field was launched earlier this year and reached a total of 230. Those wishing to prevent the build warned that warning the community’s infrastructure, including the school, roads and health services, wouldn’t be able to cope despite significant investments in the area.

The development has already been the focus of a lengthy planning struggle which finally resulted in permission in principle being granted for housing last year, The Stirling Observer reports.

Cambusbarron Community Council has told council planners, who are recommending conditional approval, that “an overdeveloped site, which is cluttered and claustrophobic, is not acceptable to this community”.

Permission was originally refused in 2014 by Stirling Council when Hallam Land Management submitted an application to build 170 new homes on the site.

The latest application, submitted by Barratt Homes, seeks to address the attached conditions.

Council planners said: “The principle of development on this site has been established through the appeal process which granted planning permission in principle. This application is limited to addressing the detail of the matters set out in the application description.

“Impact on education is an issue that was covered at the PPP (planning permission in principle) stage and a signed Section 75 legal agreement is in place that requires the applicant to contribute £5,004,700 to the provision of capacity enhancement.”

In a masterplan submitted on behalf of the developers, architects said: “The proposal reflects the key design principles established within the PPP masterplan. For example, open space provision, pedestrian links and primary street structure all remain in line with the original vision for the site.

“It presents an excellent opportunity to provide a high quality new residential development with a mix of new family homes on an allocated housing site.

“In terms of landscape, it is proposed to remove a number of poor quality existing trees within the site. However, these trees will be replaced with appropriate tree and landscape planting.”

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