Local Plan - Second Alteration
Stirling's Major Growth Area, Second Alteration to the Stirling Council Local Plan
A second alteration to the Stirling Council Local Plan was adopted in October 2006. This takes forward proposals for a new village with 2,500 houses and associated facilities at a site called Durieshill, south-east of Stirling.
This page explains the process to date and includes, where possible, links to all the relevant documents and reports. It should assist you in understanding why this development is proposed and what the council is seeking to achieve. This is a major development to cater for Stirling's new housing requirement to 2017. It will have implications in terms of the environment, traffic and for neighbouring communities. A new high school is proposed as part of an education campus and this may serve a wider catchment including the villages of Cowie, Plean and perhaps Fallin. Other proposals include additional Green Belt, a potential new rail station, community facilities and local shopping.
The process so far:-
- Approval of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Structure Plan, 2002, by Scottish Ministers established area of search for 2,500 houses and associated facilities to the east of Stirling.
- Council advertise commencement of Second Alteration to the Local Plan for the Major Growth Area, July 2002.
- Various options for the Major Growth Area were identified to the east of Stirling, and public consultation events were held in Stirling, Bannockburn and the eastern villages to invite comment. Newsletter produced and distributed to neighbouring communities, November 2003.
- Public Consultation Report produced to summarise findings of the Community Workshops, March 2003.
- Consideration of comments from the public and other agencies. Council commissioned Transport, Landscape and Rail Studies. Major Growth Area Appraisal Report prepared, Sept. 2003.
Ref: SIAS Transport Study, July 2003; Atkins Rail Study, July 2003; LUC Landscape Study, Sept. 2003. These reports can be viewed/purchased on request.
- Council Approved Draft Plan as the basis for further consultation. This included the options of Durieshill and Sauchenford as the basis for further consideration, January 2004.
- Council engaged consultant to run further community workshops. Updated newsletter and questionnaire survey produced and distributed to Citizens Panel and neighbouring communities, Spring 2004.
- Further Transport Assessment from Developers submissions; Initial Financial Appraisal; Air Quality Assessment; Policy Appraisal; Background Report Produced; Consideration of Formal Comments, Summer 2004.
Ref: SIAS Transport, July 2004: LUC Landscape Study revised July 2004. Reports can be viewed/purchased on request.
- Stirling Council Environment Committee decision to progress the Durieshill option through the Finalised Local Plan Alteration, Aug. 2004.
- Finalised Plan approved with accompanying updated Development Guidance, Nov. 2004.
- Plan placed on Deposit for objections to be lodged. Closing date 18th Feb. 2005.
The Reporters Report was received in June 2006 and the Council's Environment Committee at 15th June 2006 accepted her recommendations. Objections to these as highlighted in the Post Inquiry Modifications Report were received by 11th August 2006.
Stirling Council's Executive, 19th September 2006, approved the process towards adoption and delivery of the Second Alteration. The Minutes can be viewed here.
A notice was placed in the Stirling Observer (27th September) and Scottish Ministers and all objectors were notified of the council's intention to adopt the Plan on 27th October, 2006.
Ministers did not call in the Plan or make modifications to it in the period up until the 27th October 2006.
A legal challenge was lodged in November 2006 by the Bellway, Hallam, Taylor, Woodrow Development Consortium. This was heard at the Court of Session in May 2008 and subsequently dismissed on 9th July 2008.