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Vision to be revealed for the future of Lochside

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Vision to be revealed for the future of Lochside

A PROPOSAL to transform Lochside into a “thriving, healthy and sustainable place for decades to come” will be heard by councillors this week.

The Lochside Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) will set out the vision to create both modern and sustainable housing choice and an environmental standard that will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the local and wider community.

In the proposal – which is a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council, DGHP and the Wheatley Group – it states it will empower the community, and partners, to increase green infrastructure as part of a holistic regeneration solution, not only in the planning of new development, but also in the heart of the existing community.

DGHP currently has 12 blocks in the Lochside area which are either void or where the majority of flats are empty.

There are a total of 87 properties with 74 currently vacant through customers naturally moving on.

Given the detriment of these blocks to the local area, housing management issues, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour, DGHP intend to take early action to resolve these challenges.

Councillors will hear that discussions with the remaining residents have begun with the intention of finding alternative suitable accommodation for them or instigating buy backs from the owner occupiers.

Chair of economy and resources committee, Cllr Rob Davidson said: “Delivering high quality new affordable housing to address unmet need is a key policy aspiration for the council and its partner organisations.

“Transforming Lochside will require the development of modern, sustainable housing, whilst also addressing climate change by including open spaces and active travel routes.

“There are opportunities to improve the linkages within Lochside to connect with local services and the North West Community Campus.

“In addition, this approach will also encourage more environmentally friendly forms of transport to travel to other locations, such as Dumfries town centre.”

Organisers intend to engage with the Lochside community to understand and take on needs and issues that they are experiencing.

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