Feb 8 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
CONTROVERSIAL proposals from a major local dairy firm – which could transform Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead for better or worse – have taken a step forward.
Robert Graham and Sons Ltd and MacTaggart and Mickel (Homes) Ltd have formally notified Stirling Council of a project which could create 800 new homes in the area.
The companies have lodged a “proposal of application notice” for land at Airthrey Kerse Farm.
The notice outlines their plans for a pre-application consultation for a public park, allotments, Stirling University sports pitches, residential development (including affordable housing) of 800 units, commercial space, improvements to road and drainage infrastructure, and a new primary school at Airthrey Kerse (South), Causewayhead and an extension to Bridge of Allan Primary School.
The proposal has already created controversy locally, with a campaign group set up in a bid to call a halt to the proposals.
“Save Bridge of Allan” says it is worried about flooding, greenbelt destruction, inadequate infrastructure, urban sprawl, low necessity, and economic damage.
The developers, however, are reported to have insisted any development will be positive for both Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead economically and will even protect some of the land and open it up for greater enjoyment by the wider public. They are also said to have claimed it will not threaten the identity of Bridge of Allan and that they welcome input from locals on the proposals
The pre-application notice follows new Scottish planning legislation requiring major development proposals to be consulted on locally prior to any official planning application being lodged. Consultation could include public meetings and presentations.