Tell the Planning Minister to reject the deal on Park of Keir
After years of secret negotiations, Stirling Council and the developer Allan Duncan King have now reached an agreement to build on Park of Keir. Despite clear objections from the local community and Councillors across the political spectrum, on the 3rd of August, legal restrictions meant that Councillors on Stirling’s Planning Panel were unable to outright reject the deal.
The Scottish Government’s Planning Minster Tom Arthur now has the final say on whether this development goes ahead. It’s up to him to reject this unpopular, undemocratic, and destructive proposal.
We have already forced the Council to listen. Earlier in August, hundreds of you wrote to the Councillors on the planning panel and persuaded them to take a stand against the development. Even though their hands were tied the panel expressed its clear displeasure at the position it had been put in and now the case for the Minister to reject the deal is stronger than ever.
We can’t stop now. There’s still a chance to halt this damaging development. But we need your help.
We’re asking you to write to Tom Arthur and let him know you want him to do the right thing; reject the deal and save Park of Keir.
What’s Park of Keir?
Park of Keir is the jewel in the crown of our greenbelt that stretches from Dunblane to Bridge of Allan. The beautiful rolling landscape is much valued by local communities and is home to native woodland. If development proceeds much of that will be lost.
What’s wrong with the deal?
The deal that’s been struck bears little resemblance to the commitments made by Judy Murray when the project was first mooted. The deal doesn’t meet the requirements of providing the affordable Tennis facilities that were promised and it’s clear that thanks to new funding arrangements the expensive luxury houses are not to support the sporting facilities but will go ahead anyway.
Why should we save Park of Keir?
The plans would be extremely environmentally destructive. As the Scottish Government reporter noted, this development will erode the openness of the green belt and would have an adverse effect on the landscape character. The development will be inaccessible by public transport and has been designed with private cars in mind. It will degrade native woodland and its environmentally destructive.