Mon 12 Sep, 2016

Developing on this site would be contrary to Stirling’s Local Development Plan, local policies on protecting the greenbelt and housing in the countryside. Mark Ruskell MSP

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, is today (12 Sep) expected to give evidence at the public inquiry into a controversial sports and luxury housing complex on protected greenbelt land at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

The development which has been fronted by Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie was rejected by Stirling Council last year. As a local councillor and MSP, Mr Ruskell has supported local communities who have fought varying development proposals since the early 1990s.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

"While a sports complex is worthy of consideration, the location is simply wrong. Developing on this site would be contrary to Stirling’s Local Development Plan, local policies on protecting the greenbelt and housing in the countryside. The proposal also fails to meet basic needs for affordable housing.

"Four other sites were looked at for this complex: Cramond in Edinburgh, Armadale in West Lothian, Manor Farm at Blairlogie and Forthbank in Stirling. These should be revisited.

"While there is massive local respect for Judy Murray and the achievements of her family, this proposal must be judged on planning grounds. It is clear that communities in this area feel that this plan, in this location, is simply inappropriate."

 

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