Developer pledges to work with Turfbeg community

The farm track at Turfbeg which has been earmarked for a link road.
The farm track at Turfbeg which has been earmarked for a link road.

Local developer Mark Guild addressed this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council regarding plans to build 300 houses at Turfbeg in Forfar.

Members had raised a number of concerns regarding the planning application lodged with Angus Council in November by Elite Homes (Tayside) Limited, a partner company of Guild Homes (Tayside) Limited.

Mr Guild said a number of concerns, including previous flooding issues on the site, had been addressed and that no objections had been received by Scottish Water, Transport Scotland or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The farmer had carried out drainage work on the site and the ditches at the side of the road had been cleared.

Mr Guild also addressed concerns about the density of housing on the site, construction noise and the view of some that there were other sites in Forfar better suited for housing.

However, one issue which caused most debate at Thursday’s meeting was a proposed link road from Turfbeg Road to the Kirriemuir Road, currently a farm track.

One member spoke of speeding motorists currently using the route along Craig O’Loch Road and Turfbeg Road, whilst another stated residents also had to contend with the “speed bumps” along the length of Taylor Street.

Another called for better policing, stating Police action against those drivers caught speeding might help the situation.

Mr Guild explained they were governed by current planning policy to include the road, but he was willing to listen to and work with the local community.

He said: “We are not fussed if there is a link road or not. We have got an open mind. There is already vehicular access coming off the Kirriemuir Road which is sufficient. It is about design and we are quite flexible.

“It is important to us to get on with the neighbours rather than be in conflict with them. It is their community.”

He stressed the developer did not have the power to say where the roads should go.

He added: “It has to be a safe and slow road, it can’t be a whopping great road through there. We will go with the flow. This is the chance to get it right rather than be driven by policy to get it wrong.”