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Councillors approve plans for 3000 home supervillage at Durieshill

Thursday 19 December 2019
Stirling Council has approved plans for a new 3,000 ‘supervillage’ to be built between Plean and Bannockburn.
Durieshill Development

Members of the Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel approved an application by developers Springfield Properties for the site at Durieshill.

The application is one of the most extensive and complex single development proposals that has been seen in Scotland, with 163 conditions attached to the consent.

A village fit for the 21st century

Convenor of the Planning and Regulations Panel, Councillor Alasdair MacPherson, said: “This planning application has undergone rigorous vetting, attention to detail and scrutiny from officers and Councillors to ensure the developers provide a village that is fit for the 21st Century, offering an attractive place to live, work, learn and play for everyone.

“The village at Durieshill will deliver a wide variety of homes for a range of different budgets, including a large number of new, high-quality, sustainable affordable homes, as well as access to employment and a range of high-quality local facilities.

“Robust planning conditions have also been agreed to protect the amenity of existing West Plean residents.

“This decision marks a key milestone in the history of Stirling’s housing provision and I look forward to seeing these new properties become homes for people in the years to come. The development will also provide local jobs and funding for the redevelopment of Plean Country Park.”

Homes, shops and a business park 

The development includes 3,012 new homes (2,116 houses and 896 flats) and 30 units designed for residential care. There will be a 25 per cent affordable home provision, with 2,279 market homes and 763 affordable homes.

A 30-bed care home, designed principally for people with dementia and respite care, will also be located in the heart of the development.

The application includes a village core, within which 15 shops and other commercial units are proposed, including a café, which will be concentrated around a pedestrianised civic square.

There would also be a business park, comprising offices and light industrial units, with the potential to support 612 jobs.

Delivering a vibrant, sustainable community

Vice Convenor Danny Gibson said: “These plans will help deliver a vibrant, sustainable community for the Stirling area, providing new employment opportunities and delivering economic benefits, as well as educational and leisure opportunities.

“The village will provide sustainable transport opportunities for all modes of travel, providing safe and convenient walking and cycling to all local facilities and high quality and frequent external public transport links.”

A community campus providing primary and secondary education

A community campus will accommodate a primary school and secondary school at the site and, while both would serve Durieshill, there is potential for future phases to accommodate pupils from other future developments within the Bannockburn High School area.

The community campus would also be designed to have a wider community function, incorporating sports pitches for evening and weekend use, and community changing facilities.

The proposals also provide for a second primary school within the northern portion of the site, which would accommodate pupils generated by the development.

Phasing and implementation is scheduled to be over 30 years. In the first year, 50 homes will be built, including 26 affordable homes, with up to 100 homes each year thereafter.

The sites lies to the south of Stirling, around 1.5km from the edge of Bannockburn and 1.5km north-west of Plean. It is bounded on the north and west by the M9 and A872 and by Cadgers Loan to the south-east.