The regeneration of a rundown town centre took another step forward this week.
Falkirk Council has formally submitted plans to regenerate the heart of Denny.
The local authority has applied for planning permission in principle to build a new library, shops and a public square on the site of Church Walk, the dilapidated residential and commercial blocks which are in the process of being demolished.
Local activists campaigning for the long-awaited regeneration of their town attracted national attention in 2010 when they asked for Church Walk to be awarded the infamous ‘Carbuncle’ award which recognises the worst in urban planning.
Two sections of the building were recently demolished.
The section facing Stirling Street is set to be cleared when businesses occupying the remaining shops are relocated.
The planning permission concerns the first stage of the regeneration project, which is being designed and funded solely by Falkirk Council following the collapse of a long-standing partnership with development company Henry Boot last year.
If approved, building work is unlikely to start before 2015.