Plans launched for mixed-use development in Gilston

PLANS have been unveiled for a mixed-use development on a 55.6-hectare site to the east of Gilston Farm, Polmont.

Property company Hansteen said the project will help create jobs and housing, as well as support the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) has been submitted to Falkirk Council, noting the intent of Hansteen to submit a planning application for Planning Permission in Principle.

The indicative masterplan comprises residential land for circa 500 units; land for employment related uses; and green network/open space. This features a large area for open space/a water park that can act as both flood attenuation for climate change modelling events and as amenity open space.

The adopted Local Development Plan had previously allocated the land for employment uses only. However, a new Local Development Plan is due to be adopted this year and a Scottish Government Reporter recommended the Gilston site should be changed to become a mixed-use allocation, delivering housing to address a shortfall. Hansteen explained that this effectively allocated the site for business, housing, a neighbourhood centre and green space.

Community engagement will now be undertaken, which will include asking the public what they would like to potentially see on the site.

This engagement will be based on new Scottish Government guidance that has temporarily suspended public consultation events and replaced these with live and interactive web-based consultation for major planning applications. This will take place on Wednesday 24th June from 1pm to 8pm.

Ken Haldane, a consultant for Hansteen said, “We are delighted to be bringing forward our exciting proposals for the site, which will serve to deliver much-needed housing in the area. In addition to housing and employment uses, we are keen to get the views of the public and hear what they would like to see in terms of potential community uses.”