Denny road plan dilemma

Billy Buchanan
Billy Buchanan

A plan for housing which could partly fund the vital £7 million Denny Eastern Access Road (DEAR) was put on hold this week.

At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s planning committee yesterday (Wednesday), members stated they faced a “Catch 22” situation and a “terrible dilemma” over the Bett Homes/Callendar Estates application to build 307 new homes near Mydub Farm and also develop the first 420 metres of the DEAR from Glasgow Road.

Despite hearing Bett Homes/Callendar Estates would be contributing £3.4 million to the DEAR, members voted eight to three to continue the matter. They said they wanted to learn the Scottish Reporter’s decision on a separate appeal concerning a developer’s contribution of £550,000 towards the proposed new roundabout at Glasgow Road before committing themselves either way to the latest plan.

Planning committee convener Billy Buchanan said: “This is one of the most important applications to come before this council. The housing element would be there, but there would still be nowhere for the traffic to come through.

“You’re taking about another 500 cars spilling onto that road, making the situation worse.”

Baillie Buchanan said he believed it would take over 20 years to complete the DEAR if the council was to rely on developers providing funding.

He said: “The council does not have the £7 million to build the DEAR, but it would take Bett at least four years to deliver their part of the DEAR and we have 13 other developers required to finance the DEAR who have yet to break ground on their plans.”

Former councillor Alex Waddell has called for a public meeting into the application, stating the area’s infrastructure, schools and GPs will not cope cope if additional houses are given the go-ahead.