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Green light for new homes in Heathhall

Section:  Dumfries and West

SEVENTY-FIVE new homes will be built at Heathhall, following a planning appeal.

Builders Story Homes have welcomed the decision by the Planning Environmental Appeals Division to approve their housing bid.

This is the first phase of their wider development plan, and it will see 75 high quality home, including a mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes, including 15 homes being built as affordable homes for local people.

The development is designed to create attractive street scenes with generous landscaped areas including screening of the adjacent industrial estate.

Adam McNally, land manager for Story Homes in Cumbria and south Scotland, said: “We are delighted with the reporter’s decision following many years of tireless planning by our dedicated staff and consultants.

“The reporter has duly acknowledged the validity of our technical assessments and the lengths we have gone to in mitigating noise impacts.”

He added: “We are confident the development of this brownfield site can serve as positive regeneration of the area.

“The scheme will create employment opportunities for local contractors and bring further economic benefits to Dumfries.”

Previously, concerns about the proximity to noisy industrial firms saw the proposal at the former site of Dumfries and Galloway College turned down by councillors in April 2017.

The move followed a visit by members of the planning applications committee to the site at Herries Avenue, next to Catherinefield Industrial Estate.

Although the application had been recommended for approval by council officers, the bid had faced 12 objections — with Kellwood Engineering voicing concerns the houses would suffer as a result of nearby business noise.

Other objectors had included Logoplaste, while Brown Brothers (Manufacturing) Limited had called for a 100 metre development exclusion site from the nearest factory, triple glazing, and permanent tree planting as a barrier.

A previous bid by Story Homes to establish 207 homes on the site was rejected by councillors in 2014, and a subsequent appeal rejected by The Scottish Government.

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