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Moffat
Disappointment at lack of homes plan changes

PLANS for 74 new homes in Moffat have been submitted as part of proposals for affordable housing in Upper Annandale.

The move comes over two years after a public consultation was held by Loreburn Housing Association in the town.

Back in July 2019, residents were invited to view the proposals for land adjacent to Moffat Hospital, and make comment on the major development.

At the meeting issues raised included concerns about the location; type and style of housing; road access; construction costs; population and site layout.

And last week, a full planning application was lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council by agents for Loreburn and included details of the types of houses and blocks of housing, layout, access and landscaping.

The item was raised briefly at Tuesday night’s meeting of Moffat and District Community Council and members were disappointed that concerns raised at the public consultation don’t seem to be reflected in the scheme.

At the meeting, chairman Leys Geddes said: “On the face of it, it seems to be almost exactly the same as the one we had three years ago, and that’s disappointing because the chair at the time submitted a comprehensive review of all those things, pointed out all the faults and we haven’t had a reaction to any of that, they seem to be applying regardless.

“I think it would be useful to submit the previous review and ask how it has affected their thinking and has anything changed? Because it was comprehensive and extremely clear.”

A full discussion is planned for next month when they hope Loreburn Housing Association will attend.

And secretary Bryony Ladd-Smith said: “We contacted Loreburn and asked them to do a presentation so we can find out a bit more about what is going to happen and the changes to the proposal from the last time that it was put forward to the community council, and they have agreed to that. They have asked for a date so we need to find a date that is suitable.”

The consultation period has been extended, due to the Christmas period, and Mrs Ladd-Smith said: “It feels like we should have a bit more time, time over Christmas shouldn’t be spent looking over 91 documents so I think we need more time on that so we have time to think about it properly and we are not rushed into anything.”

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