All change for brickworks site as housing and office bid wins council approval

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Councillors have backed a major redevelopment plan for the former Stein’s Brickworks in Allandale.

The land will now be transformed to accommodate private housing, offices and even a veterinary hospital.

Concerns had been raised about road safety and council experts had recommended the application from Allandale Properties be refused because it did not comply with development plan rules, but after a site visit today Falkirk Council’s planning committee agreed by eight votes to two it should go-ahead.

Committee convener Councillor Billy Buchanan said: “In my view the major concerns regarding access have been dealt with and believe the development will benefit the local and wider community.”

The plans include proposals for 60 two storey detached villas, 11 ‘affordable’ homes for council tenants, offices, veterinacy hospital and a new football pitch and pavilion to be used by local amateur side Stein’s Thistle FC.

Councillor Georgie Thomson claimed: “I feel this application is being rushed through. I have major concerns about road safety and not convinced they have been addressed.”