New housing for Kingsmuir

Councillors unanimously approved the 23-house development in Kingston Place.
Councillors unanimously approved the 23-house development in Kingston Place.

Kingsmuir is to have 23 additional new homes after the development was given the go-ahead by Angus councillors.

The application was lodged by Allied Irish Bank for change of use for the former builder’s yard at Kingston Place and the demolition of former industrial buildings to accommodate the houses and an access road.

Members of Angus Council’s development standards committee approved the application unanimously although questions were raised about the possible effect of pupil numbers at the local school.

No objection or representation had been made by the children and learning department.

Three objections to the proposals were raised regarding issues including the height of the properties, impact on daylight and privacy, impact on the character of the surrounding area, surface water drainage and road safety although planning officials felt there were no material grounds for refusal.

Vivien Smith, head of planning and place, said : “In terms of the compatibility of the proposed development with the land uses in the surrounding area, the site is surrounded by residential properties to the north, south and east and agricultural land lies to the west.

“The proposed residential use would be compatible with both of these uses and there are no other surrounding land uses that would conflict with the proposed use.

“Similarly, the impact of the proposed development on the amenity and privacy of the existing houses must be considered. The proposed houses meet the minimum window separation distances and in that respect would not cause any unacceptable impact on privacy.”

Councillors agreed to the development with the conditions that no work takes place until Kingston Place has been brought up to adoptable standard between the junction with Lownie Road and the site’s south-west corner.