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Mosstodloch homes given green light

By Sarah Rollo

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THE first phase of a new housing development will see 30 affordable homes built in Mosstodloch.

Councillors granted Springfield Properties permission to develop a 1.9 hectare parcel of argicultural land off Stynie Road during a meeting this morning.

Consent granted previously for the site approved the provision of 15 affordable units, however this has now doubled to 30 in the first phase alone.

They will include a mix of semi-detached houses as well as terraced homes and flats, ranging from one to four-bedroom properties.

Across the whole site, a total of 76 houses will be built by Springfield Properties over three phases.

Elements of the homes will be clad in timber and painted a muted green to tie in with the open appearance of the area.

A report to the planning and regulatory services committee stated: "For the remainder of the site elements of other key dwellings have been picked out in timber cladding painted a muted grey tone, which again breaks up the massing of the buildings and general streetscape and improves overall overall navigation and sense of place throughout the development."

The houses will be sited around a large central area of open space and the landscaped development will include a 360m cycle way and equipped play area, constructed as part of phase one.

The proposal attracted three representations, highlighting fears over privacy, loss of view, the impact on wildlife, and road safety.

However, planning officers recommended approval subject to a number of conditions. That recommendation was unanimously backed by councillors.

Speaking after the decision, committee chairman, Councillor David Bremner, welcomed the increased in affordable homes.

Cllr Bremner said: "It's very welcome to see these affordable homes being built locally. With more than 3,500 applicants on our waiting list for housing, we’re making good progress against our target of providing 70 units of high-quality accommodation each year for our residents."

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