First viewing for Westfield proposals

A notional layout of Muir Group's and Scotia Homes' proposal.
A notional layout of Muir Group's and Scotia Homes' proposal.

Details about a proposed new residential development for the Westfield area will be on display for the first time this week.

As part of their pre-application consultation for the joint development, The Muir Group and Scotia Homes are holding a public information event in the Lesser Reid Hall, Forfar, today (Wednesday) and tomorrow

The companies have already lodged a Proposal of Application Notice to Angus Council and, if granted planning consent, the project would be a master plan-led development with an emphasis on sustainability. The intention is to create a green network linking the site to Forfar Loch and the town

Located at one of the town’s main gateways, the companies have said the site will provide the opportunity to create a development that would enhance the entrance to Forfar and make the most of good local transport links.

The area around Orchardbank has been identified by the council in its local development plan, which is currently under revision, as one of the locations suitable to meet demand for local housing both in the short and long term.

Forfar community councillors were told about the event, which will be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day, at their meeting on Thursday.

Chairman Isobel Ross, speaking afterwards, urged the public to view the proposals for themselves.

She said: “I’d encourage people to go along because, if it comes off, it’s a big development. There are quite a lot of questions people should be asking and I’ll be keen to find out how long this would take to be finished, how many houses are proposed and how many phases there would be.”

Both the Muir Group and Scotia Homes, which already has a base at Kingsmuir, believe the housing development would provide a major boost for the local economy.