Taylor Wimpey fleshes out Cowie development plans

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has lodged detailed proposals for its plans to build more than 400 new homes at the western edge of Cowie.

Taylor Wimpey’s plans include public open space

Plans for up to 433 new homes on land to the south of Bannockburn Road at Berryhills were granted approval on appeal in 2018 after Stirling Council voted against the development a year earlier.

The housebuilder has now submitted an Approval of Matters Specified in Conditions (MSC) application outlining its detailed proposals for housing mix, landscaping and building materials.

Under the plans, 50 of the homes will be affordable homes for social rent that will be transferred to Stirling Council.

The private new homes include two, three and four-bedroom detached homes, while the affordable properties will comprise a mix of 32 one and two-bedroom cottage flats, as well as 18 two and three-bedroom homes.

As well as new homes, the development includes an ecology parkland and nature trail, community green spaces, and an equipped play area.

The application is subject to a Section 75 legal agreement with Stirling Council to cover planning contributions that will be specifically targeted towards education, transport and waste collection.

Although the two adjoining sites are allocated in the adopted Local Development Plan, the local authority rejected the proposals after an agreement could not be reached with the developers to provide education contributions.

It was deemed by the council’s planning and regulation panel that the developments would not provide fair and reasonable contributions proportionate to the scale and nature of the developments with regards to contributions to school capacities.

Colin Blair, technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “This proposed development represents a significant investment in the local area by Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.

“Berryhills is allocated for new housing in Stirling Council’s Local Development Plan, which was adopted in September 2014, and we look forward to positive discussions with the local authority in order to progress this development and bring a number of positive benefits to the local area.

“We are in ongoing discussions with the local authority to agree the details of the nature park, as well as a mechanism for delivery of the affordable homes, and we do hope to secure a favourable planning decision that will allow us to secure a site start later this year.

“As well as delivering much needed new homes in Cowie, our development would provide a range of economic benefits for the local area which includes supporting over 160 jobs per year of construction, as well as the attraction of new customers to local businesses.”

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