Planning for ‘once in a generation’ Stirling development nears completion

THE planning process for the creation of ‘once in a generation’ development in Stirling is nearing completion, the town’s local authority has confirmed.

Proposals for the Park of Keir development – which consisted of a tennis, golf recreational and housing development – were originally lodged in 2015, but were rejected by Stirling councillors.

Following an appeal and subsequent public local inquiry, Scottish ministers issued a notice of intention to approve the development in 2017, pending agreement between the applicant and council to secure affordable housing, education contributions, community access to the tennis facilities, and an agreement that no further residential development takes place on the site.

After ‘extensive’ negotiations, the applicant has now signed and submitted this agreement, which will be reported to the next available meeting of the Stirling Council planning and regulation panel.

A Stirling Council spokesperson said, “The council has secured a final extension to the negotiation period to ensure final scrutiny of the document and to keep our communities informed. While agreements such as these are confidential documents, a report outlining its contents will be presented to the Panel to ensure transparency. Local ward members will also be given the same opportunity to scrutinise the agreement.”