Councillors give go-ahead for Turfbeg housing

Part of the site looking from Kirriemuir Road, with the Taylor Street houses on the sky-line.

Part of the site looking from Kirriemuir Road, with the Taylor Street houses on the sky-line.

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Plans for approximately 300 new houses to be built on the outskirts of Forfar took a step forward this morning when Angus councillors granted the application conditional approval.

Members of the development standards committee met in Forfar, and among the items on the agenda was an application from Elite Homes for the houses with associated roads, landscaping and community facilities on land west of Forfar Academy on the Kirriemuir Road.

In her report Vivien Smith, head of planning and place, recommended the application receive conditional approval, subject to a Section 75 planning application.

The application site covers almost 18-hectares and is currently used for farming.

There is a narrow private track running from north to south, dissecting the middle of the site. The undulating site leads from the northern boundary at Kirriemuir Road, rising steadily upwards to a modest ridge in the southern end of the site which is bounded by residential properties on Taylor Street and the existing Turfbeg housing development. The east is bound by the grounds of Forfar Academy, currently being developed as a community campus, and to the west by open farmland. There is a possible primary vehicular access from Kirriemuir Road, with two secondary accesses from Kirriemuir Road and Taylor Street.