Housebuilder celebrates major milestone in Durieshill plans

SPRINGFIELD Properties has received conditional planning consent for a 3,042-home development at Durieshill, near Stirling.

Approval has been granted, subject to completing a Section 75 agreement, with Stirling Council. The site will become the housebuilder’s fourth Village.

The Durieshill project is Springfield’s largest development to receive planning permission to date and management believe it is one of the largest developments to have been approved in Scotland.

Durieshill, which is located less than a mile south of Stirling, covers an area of 593 acres and is expected to take over 20 years to complete. The Village will comprise a mix of private, affordable and private rented homes. Community facilities will include primary and secondary schools as well as a library, 30-unit care facility for the elderly and commercial units.

Springfield said it expects to enter into the Section 75 agreement with Stirling Council, which will contain certain planning obligations, and to start work on site by late autumn 2020. The Group anticipates that the first homeowners will move in during 2022.

Springfield chief executive Innes Smith said, “We are delighted that Stirling Council have approved our proposals for Durieshill. It’s a huge achievement that marks a significant milestone in the journey to create a new village close to Stirling. Durieshill will have everything a community needs to flourish and be a place people are proud to call home. It will include highly energy efficient homes for everyone from first time buyers to downsizers. There will be a mix of tenures with private housing, affordable housing and private rented sector housing extending the possibility of becoming a householder at Durieshill to all.

“In the heart of the village there will be a community campus with a primary school, a secondary school and other community places like a library. There will be businesses like cafes, shops, dentists, hairdressers, a post office or a pharmacy. There will be play parks, public art, planting, tree lined streets and benches. It will be the place where people live, work, learn, exercise and socialise. Durieshill will be a beautiful country village with more than half of its area as woodland, community landscaping, allotments and pocket parks. The village will link easily, via walking, cycle and bus routes that connect throughout Durieshill, to the wider Stirling area.

“Construction of the village will also support hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships. I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who has been involved and worked on this project to date which we believe is one of the largest detailed planning applications to have ever been submitted in Scotland. We will now work diligently to ensure everything is in place to commence work on site towards the end of 2020.”