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Planning Dept economical with the truth/facts

posted Oct 30, 2012, 10:19 AM by Duncan McDougall

On the 26th September at the Special meeting of Stirling Council an amendment was passed removing the Airthrey Green area, HO56, from the Local Development Plan. However, the Planning Dept have still included HO56 in the Proposed Development Plan and this has negated the efforts of the Councillors to have the threat of development removed from the carse.

If you check the online version of the plan at

you will find little or no mention of Bridge of Allan and certainly no mention of the proposed Airthrey Green development.

Page 98 of the report shows HO56 under Stirling. There are no developments mentioned in the period 2010 to 2024 and under 2024 to 2034 the housing development is marked tbc.

You then have to leave the Development Plan and look in another page headed Chapter 10 Settlement Statements and go into Part 3 Stirling. Scroll down to page 126 and we find HO56 again but this time with additional information under Key site requirements. In these requirements we find many elements of the old Airthrey Green proposed development. There is a disturbing aspect in the first bullet point “Compliance with Development Framework for Airthrey Kerse(to be produced)”


Page 140 shows HO56 with arrows pointing out from Causewayhead and a proposed site for a primary school. THERE ARE NO BOUNDARIES DEFINING HO56! It also shows a proposed road with a bridge over the railway with the intention of closing the level crossing on Cornton Road. The land is level and the bridge needs to be particularly high to allow for any proposed electrification of the line – so how big a ramp would be required to lift the road over the bridge?

I have taken professional planning advice and the situation is as follows.

1 The fact that the Planning Dept has published HO56 in the Proposed Plan means that it is unlikely to be withdrawn now

2 It seems  innocent enough that there is nothing shown for the period to 2024 but the fact HO56 exists means that in a review in 5 years time we could be faced again with the developers Airthrey Green proposals and for it to be accepted and passed. The planners give the impression that the Development Plan is for the next 30 years but it is subject to review every 5 years.

3 The Plan has now to go to The Scottish Govt Reporter now for ratification and with HO56 still in the equation he can decide on representation from the developers that there should be x number of houses and that these houses should be built in phase 1

4 Any previous objections are now spent and new objections need to be submitted. These objections will go before The Reporter and not the Council.


We are almost back at stage 1 but this time we are not dealing with Stirling Council Planning Dept who seem to have ignored SEPA, 600 objections from the people of Bridge of Allan/Causewayhead and the efforts of our elected Councillors but with the Scottish Government.

Once again we have to try and generate interest within the Community and make our feelings known to The Reporter. There was a lot of effort and expense went into the first campaign and I’d like to try and do it electronically this time.

Please download the comments form – the form can be found just below the Chapter 10 part on the above Council site. The Word document format is particularly useful and submit the form online.

I know that many of you forward this email to friends and colleagues and I would ask that you try and include as many people as possible.

The Community Council at their meeting on 20th November will discuss what response they should make to the Plan. The meeting is in the Community Centre, Fountain Road at 7.30pm and they do appreciate your attendance at these meetings.

I would also recommend that you go online to the Community Council web site and sign up for their regular local news/event email. A great source of local information!