Maddiston road still long way off

Councillor John McLuckie
Councillor John McLuckie

Neighbours face a long wait before a new road out of their private housing estate is built.

A planning bid from developers for permission in principle to build a distributor road to link a recently finished roundabout at the Parkhall housing development in Maddiston has been put on hold.

Falkirk Council experts recommended to the planning committee the application from Manor Forrest Limited be refused because it was “premature”.

But local councillor John McLuckie argued it should be continued for more talks between the sides.

He said: “I think the road is a good idea. There’s a need to have a road to access the housing estates already there and other developments that are proposed for the area.

“It could prevent traffic issues in the future and be a major piece of infrastructure that could be a benefit and a good thing going forward.”

The committee first considered the application in May but agreed to visit the site near Glendevon Drive before taking a decision.

Councillors were told 75 objections to the scheme had been submitted by neighbours and the local community council.

The council’s development manager Ian Dryden said: “They are overwhelmingly concerned with the stated creation of, in effect, a new by-pass road into the Maddiston area and the potential consequences of this including an increase in traffic and road safety issues.”

Manor Forrest Limited say the purpose of the road is to provide alternative access to driving south or north for residents on the Parkhall estate so they can access the wider road network, and provide a way into the new housing at Parkhall which has already been approved.

Mr Dryden also said the applicant’s agent had seemed to suggest a report from the council’s director of development services in 2002 supported the design of the access road into Parkhall to distributor road standards to accommodate up to 1000 houses.