Green light for village housing

PLANS for a major housing development in the village of Friockheim took a further step forward last week when members of Angus development standards committee gave it the green light.

Councillors agreed in principle to the Guild Homes plan to build up to 40 houses on a vacant 7.4 hectare site south of Gardyne Road.

Included in the proposals are a health centre and car park, as well as around two acres of landscaped public open space, intended to create a village square feel.

The proposals received support from Arbroath East and Lunan councillor, Bob Spink, who said the development would “balance the village”.

“Forty homes is a substantial development which I see is being positive for the village,” he commented.

“It would help anchor the local amenities and boost the school role.”

Kirriemuir and Dean councillor, Alison Andrews, also supported the application and focused on the benefits of a new health centre.

“I think it would be wonderful to have a new health centre with its own parking area,” she said.

Committee convener David Lumgair said the project would really balance up Friockheim and is on an ideal site.

“In this case it would be a tremendous benefit for the village.”

The report from officials stated that some people were unhappy with the application and concerns had been raised about traffic congestion, pressure on the school and drainage.

The head of roads raised no concerns over the traffic impact but did indicate that, until the size of the health centre is determined, advice could not be given on the number of parking spaces required.

There were no objections from officials with regard to pressure put on the school by the development, while, on the drainage issue, the advice was that a drainage impact study by undertaken.

The proposals were given unanimous support by members of the development standards committee – paving the way for more detailed plans to be drawn up by the applicants.