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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Heathhall homes plan turned down

A KNOCK-BACK has been delivered to plans for 75 houses on the outskirts of Dumfries.

Concerns about the proximity to noisy industrial firms saw the proposal at the former site of Dumfries and Galloway College turned down at committee on Tuesday — despite having been recommended for approval.
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.
Anticipating complaints from future residents, in one of its objections the firm said: “It makes no sense to have a housing estate behind a Class 5 industrial estate.”
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.
Story Homes were behind the proposal for the mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, of which one fifth would have been created as affordable housing in association with Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership.
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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