Residents meet to discuss Bonnybridge development
Villagers had the chance to hear plans for a housing development that could transform their community at a meeting on Wednesday.
Antonine Property Developments has applied to build 200 new homes, a nursing home and a community sports hub on greenbelt land to the east of the former Bonnybridge Hospital, facing the Forth & Clyde canal.
The 67-acre site earmarked for the development straddles either side of Falkirk Road, the main route into the village from the east.
One aspect of the scheme which has attracted huge interest locally is the promise of new sports facilities.
These would include a floodlit athletics track, an all-weather training pitch and two full-size football pitches.
A public meeting was held at Bonnybridge Primary School to discuss the proposals.
Councillors questioned Falkirk Council planning officers and directors from Antonine on how the development would impact the local community.
Around 50 members of the public were in attendance.
There were no recorded objections to the proposals.
Speaking after the meeting, Antonine director Allan Bell said: “We’re very pleased with how it went. There is a lot of local support for what we’re proposing and the benefits it would bring to the community.”
Falkirk Council will meet next month to decide whether to grant the development planning permission in principle.
Antonine first sought approval for the scheme in June 2010, but had to postpone the development after councillors failed to reach a decision at a predetermination meeting.
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