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Ladyfield talks still ongoing

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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dumfries and West
Ladyfield talks still ongoing

TALKS are still ongoing between The Crichton Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council over a potential huge housing development on land at the Crichton Estate.

The matter was raised briefly at the council’s economy and resources committee on Tuesday where some councillors expected to view more details on the Ladyfield housing proposals.

Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh asked whether or not an updated report on the Ladyfield design plans had been prepared.

He said: “In the Ladyfield housing situation, I believe we expected a report in either the March or the June E & R (economy and resources) committee.

“Can you advise if that’s coming to the June committee?”

Lorna Meahan, the council’s director of economy and resources, said: “The Ladyfield Masterplan will be brought forward at a future committee.

“We’re still in discussions with the Crichton Trust around those matters.”

The Crichton Trust recently submitted its Ladyfield Masterplan to the council, which will be considered by the local authority at a later date.

The proposals include a £45 million “care campus” in the Crichton Quarter, which would be the first of its kind in Britain. It would include up to 350 homes for people of all ages, including students, and infrastructure facilities and amenities including a primary school, shops and a health centre.

The project team is hoping to see building work on the development starting within the next five years.

However, there is firm opposition to the plans within the community.

The Save Ladyfield group has vowed to be a voice for local residents who are desperate to protect and preserve the greenfield site.

Group members have concerns around the removal of spaces for wildlife, increased traffic on small roads to the area, and the loss of the natural beauty spot.

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