The approval of 300 homes for #Turfbeg would complete a lengthy and complex planning journey for housing on the northern fringe of Forfar in Angus.
As its partner company Guild Homes continues work to keep up with demand for new properties at its 209-home Wester Restenneth development on the east side of the town between the #Montrose and #Brechin roads, Elite Homes has said the Turfbeg proposal represents an “excellent opportunity” to secure jobs and deliver much needed homes.
The application blueprint lodged with Angus Council this week reveals a rounding-off of land between existing housing at Turfbeg and the Forfar-Kirriemuir road, just west of the Forfar Academy campus.
The company said the application is the culmination of a decade of planning and consultation with the local community and Angus Council.
The development site was promoted through the Angus Local Plan Review and allocated as a “safeguarded” site for residential development post-2011.Angus Council’s recent Main Issues Report (MIR), which informs the proposed new Local Development Plan, confirmed the preferred future direction of growth for Forfar to be to the North-West, on land at Turfbeg Farm.
#EliteHomes’ pre-planning work included two town consultation events in which they said over 80% of those attending signalled support for the principle of development at Turfbeg.
Mark Guild of the firm said: “Elite Homes (Tayside) have chosen to lodge the planning application at this time to ensure continuity of development in Forfar.
The first houses north of Turfbeg could be finished in 2016, the year in which the replacement for Forfar Academy will be ready. Elite promoted Turfbeg as appropriate for new development at the time of the Angus Local Plan Review.
A Scottish Government reporter confirmed it was the correct direction for growth and consequently recommended the site be safeguarded for possible residential development and related community facilities.
This was confirmed by Angus Council and included as Policy F9 in the adopted Angus Local Plan Review 2009.
Mr Guild said other areas of concern raised by the community council, such as drainage and the risk of flooding, had been looked at, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had not objected. Public transport access would be catered for by two bus stops, one either side of the Kirriemuir Road.
On concerns about over development in the town, community councillors were told “there is a need for this housing”.