Kirkwood Homes is to resurrect plans for 150 new homes in Dundee following changes to the local development plan.

Dundee City Council’s development management committee rejected an initial bid for the Balgillo Heights development at Linlathen Village in Broughty Ferry, which had been recommended for approval by council officers, last November for failing to “satisfy” the requirements of the city’s development plan.

The proposals offered a mix of three bedroom terraced and three, four and five bedroom detached homes at the development.

A village green space would also have been introduced throughout the site to build and enhance the distinct character and identity of the area.

The decision was appealed by the housebuilder but then upheld by the Scottish Government in April.

Kirkwood Homes has now lodged a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) for the land, which will kick start a fresh round of pre-application consultation with communities.

The company said the scheme would help to meet the “very clear” market demand for new housing in Broughty Ferry.

The new Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) replaces the current guidelines adopted in 2013 and includes the allocation of greenfield land at Linlathen.

It also says that to support the growth of the city additional greenfield sites will have to be provided at Ballumbie and the Western Gateway to create “flexibility and choice” for the city’s housing market.

The LDP2 has identified an “indicative capacity” for 250 houses at the Linlathen Arbroath Road site – 100 more than Kirkwood is proposing.

The revised plan also describes Linlathen as a principal economic development area.

Colin Crombie, managing director at Kirkwood Homes, said: “We very much welcomed the recent decision by Dundee City Council to include the Linlathen site within the proposed Local Development Plan.

“Our proposals not only complement the objectives of the LDP, but importantly provide an opportunity to meet the very clear market demand for new homes in Broughty Ferry, while also contributing towards the aspirations of the community for the sustainable future growth of the town and the wider Dundee area.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we look forward to working closely with organisations and individuals in the local community, Dundee City Council and other interested parties as these exciting proposals come forward.”

Broughty Ferry Community Council, which opposed the plans previously, said members would meet at the end of November to discuss their stance.

Source: Scottish Construction Now!

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