The Kippendavie Group Trust (KGT) and Stockbridge Nursery have submitted an application for planning permission in principle to Stirling Council for a mixed use development on land to the east of Dunblane. The application comprises following key elements:
1. Sheriffmuir Park Centre – located to the east of Queen Victoria School, the Park Centre consists a grouping of new timber and stone barns to form a garden centre, heritage park trail centre, four office and craft workshops and car parking.
2. Sheriffmuir Park Housing – 165 residential units, located at Kippendavie Mains behind Kellie Wynd, of mixed tenure including affordable housing for the Dunblane market, housing for retired members of the community, plots for self-build and community building sites.
Roderick MacLeod, on behalf of the Kippendavie Group Trust, said: “The planning application responds positively to the main points raised at our successful pre-application consultation in May, specifically in relation to education, drainage and traffic. It also expands on the interest shown in the affordable and self-build housing elements, together with the potential delivery of retirement properties.”
Mr MacLeod added: “The application is being progressed at this stage as a result of delays to the Stirling Local Development Plan. We plan to bring forward the proposed housing allocation at Kippendavie Mains at an earlier stage, in order to meet Stirling Council’s housing targets in an area where we believe there is a strong market requirement. Our plans are therefore realistic and immediately deliverable.”
The proposals will also allow Stockbridge Nursery to expand to a new bespoke garden centre, which will create in excess of 50 jobs and apprenticeships for the local area. George Morrison, owner of Stockbridge Nursery, said: “As a result of the successful growth of our business we find ourselves constrained at our current location, which fulfils the dual role of nursery and retail sales. We are excited about the opportunity to separate these functions, and in particular the prospect of being able to focus on the sale of our nursery products from a dedicated garden centre in a prominent location off the A9.”
The garden centre will be at the heart of a further key stage of the proposals, the Sheriffmuir Heritage Trails. This will comprise an extensive segregated network of new and improved local walking and cycling trails, extending several miles throughout the woodland areas leading to the Sheriffmuir battlefield and other historic landmarks. This trail network will not only provide excellent leisure and recreation opportunities for local residents, but also act as a visitor attraction to encourage tourists to spend more time in Dunblane. Plans for this element will be submitted to Stirling Council later this year after additional public consultation, and the completion of a study to design the trail network which is currently out to tender.
This Sheriffmuir Heritage Trails will be funded in part by the Sheriffmuir Park Housing element of the proposals, and KGT have ambitious targets to have key sections of the trail network in place by June 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings linked to the North Atlantic Wall, with the remainder of the trail in place by 2015 to support the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir.
Details of the planning application for the Sheriffmuir Park Centre and Housing developments can be obtained from Stirling Council, who will be also be seeking views from local residents on the proposals over the coming weeks.