Major masterplan approved for Dunbeg

Published Date: 

5 May 2017 - 14:40

An exciting masterplan to transform sites between Dunbeg and Ganavan has been given the go-ahead.

The ambitious blueprint will see 600 houses built in the area, as well as shops and business facilities.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee approved the plans at their meeting on 26 April.

A total of 300 homes will be built in first phase of work, over the next six years.

At least 25 per cent of the completed development will be affordable housing and there will be a mix of houses and flats.

Green spaces, playparks and landscaping also form part of the proposal.

Kirk Road is to be upgraded to accommodate the new homes and a new roundabout will be created at Halfway.

The Dunbeg Corridor Strategic Masterplan is part of the council’s Local Development Plan, which outlines major infrastructure proposals for Argyll and Bute for the next five years.

Approval has been given for the full masterplan, subject to the granting of planning consent.

Fergus Murray, the council’s head of economic development, said: “The Dunbeg Corridor Masterplan is of vital importance in delivering much-needed housing to this area.

“The boost in the number of affordable homes is very welcome and will make a real difference to the lives of many local residents.

“We have listened to the views of people living in the area on these proposals and taken their comments on board. The council is committed to continuing to do so as plans progress.

“The masterplan is set to bring significant benefit to the local community – Argyll and Bute wants to ensure there are opportunities for local people. We are committed to growing our economy and attracting people to live and work here.”

Extensive consultation, including community engagement events, has taken place with local residents regarding the proposals.

This will continue as future plans develop beyond phase one.

Funding for the new homes and associated works such as road improvements will be sought from the Scottish Government through the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The housing will be built by LINK Group Ltd, a social housing provider.

The development will be supported by infrastructure improvements including to roads and education.

Retail and commercial development is also proposed for subsequent phases of work, but in the meantime safe and convenient pathways will be created to link the 300 new homes with the existing shops in Dunbeg.

The Kirk Road improvements will be a boost to the European Marine Science Park at Dunstaffnage, which was opened in 2014 by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

All works are subject to planning permission and proposals submitted to the council must meet the masterplan vision.