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Huge housing development moves closer to reality

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By Marc Mclean, Local Democracy Reporter
Dumfries and West
Huge housing development moves closer to reality

A MAJOR housing development in Locharbriggs will move a step closer to reality next week when its roads are officially named.

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) is building 89 homes for social rent at the former Currie European trucking depot.

This comes after the council gave the thumbs up earlier this year to DGHP’s detailed proposals to convert the site into a major mixed housing and retail development.

Collective Architecture has since proposed nine names for the roads access to and within the housing development, but these have now been whittled down to six.

A report will go before Nithsdale area committee on Wednesday, where councillors will be asked to approve the naming of the new roads.

The council report states: “After a reconsideration of the proposed addressing layout by the applicant in consultation with our roads service, the proposed names Heathhall Road, Curries Avenue, Edinburgh Court, Jericho Court, Liberty Court and Catherinefield View were agreed between DGHP and the applicant, and consulted on.

“The proposed name origins are in reference to the surrounding locality and quarrying history of the area.”

Lochar’s four councillors, Ivor Hyslop, Tracey Little, Linda Dorward, and Maureen Johnstone, were all consulted on May 12. All councillors were happy to go ahead with the road names. Heathhall Community Council was also formally consulted on the same date, but no response has been received.

The former Currie European depot site is one of several across Dumfries where DGHP aims to build 800 new homes for social rent by 2026.

Earlier this year, Tom Barclay, a director with Wheatley Group, DGHP’s parent company, said: “With our partners in the local authority we look forward to seeing work starting on these energy-efficient, family-friendly homes in the near future.

“Our new-build programme has already made a real and lasting difference to communities all over Scotland and the new homes we’re building will help transform the lives of those who live in them.”

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