A massive new housing development could pave the way for work to begin on a long-awaited bypass.
Bett Homes has applied to build a total of 307 new homes on land to the south of Mydub Farm in Denny.
But the company has also sought planning permission to construct the Denny Eastern Access Road (DEAR) as part of the scheme.
It is understood that, if approved by council planners, Bett would build around one-third of DEAR as an access road to the houses.
This would include the construction of a roundabout where Nethermains Road meets Glasgow Road, a key demand of Denny & Dunipace Community Council.
While the completion of the bypass is likely to be still years away, the news the project is finally moving forward is likely to delight residents in Denny.
Plans to build DEAR have been mooted for more than 30 years but have so far never been implemented. However, Falkirk Council has made all housing developers hoping to build in Denny commit funds to its construction.
The long-awaited road would help alleviate the heavy traffic - and notorious tailbacks - in and around Denny Cross in the centre of the town.
Community council convener Colin Belbin said: “We had meetings with Bett’s consultants and made it clear we wanted the roundabout at Nethermains Road and Glasgow Road to be in place before the first house is built. It would be of great benefit to that area, and as I understand that’s now the plan.”
A spokeswoman for Bett Homes told The Falkirk Herald: “In agreement with Falkirk Council, Bett Homes is applying for planning permission for the whole length of the Denny Eastern Access Road, which is designed to relieve congestion in Denny.”
She added: “This new development in Denny will create an attractive mix of family homes, including a range of affordable properties and play facilities for children.
“The design of the development will take into consideration its surrounding location, which is close to wide open green space, and will be designed to encourage access to the wider countryside.”