Local planners decided not to pursue an appeal for the £550,000 they lost out on to help fund the £7 million Denny Eastern Access Road.
At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s planning committee yesterday (Wednesday) members held a priv ate debate to weigh up the pros and cons of appealing against the Scottish Government Reporter’s recent decision to exempt housing developer Mactaggart & Mickel from contributing financially to the DEAR project.
Planning convener Billy Buchanan said: “We agree with officers’ recommendations and removed the requirement for a transport contribution. No appeal to the Court of Session will be pursued.”
Earlier in the year Mactaggart & Mickel, which is building homes on the site of the former Carrongrove paper mill near Denny, argued it should not have to contribute to DEAR as its development was a distance away from the new road.
Members also agreed to grant permission to allow Bett Homes and Callendar Estates to build 307 new houses and a DEAR access road at land to the south of Mydub Farm, Glasgow Road, Denny.
It was stated developers of the Mydub plan would eventually contribute 53 per cent of the costs of the DEAR, while the Denny Town Centre-development would account for 22 per cent.
Any projects developed on the site of the former Denny High School, which has not yet been marketed, would meet 10 per cent.
Opposition members urged the administration to look into alternative methods of funding the DEAR project instead of relying on contributions from developers which may not materialise.
John McNally said: “We need to get that road built. If we go ahead and build the road first then developers will come and build around it so we would get our money back then.”