(10 October 13) - Airthrey Green development moves towards the planning submission stage
following the resolution of flood management principles with SEPA

The landowners behind the proposed Airthrey Green development in Bridge of Allan, today announced plans to submit a formal planning application before the end of this year, following the removal of an objection to the principle of development on the land at Airthrey Kerse in Stirling Council’s emerging Local Development Plan by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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Graham’s The Family Dairy has worked closely with SEPA and Stirling Council since December 2011 to address concerns raised over flood risk, sustainable water management and delivering improvements to the neighbouring area.

Dr Robert Graham, chairman of Graham’s The Family Dairy explained:  “We are entering a positive new phase for our Airthrey Green proposal and are very grateful to both Stirling Council and SEPA for sharing their professional expertise during the last 20 months.  The process has been lengthy but has been handled in a transparent and professional manner, recognising the sensitivities of the site and balancing this with the requirements of the Local Development Plan.  We now look forward to delivering the project to support the implementation of the Council’s Local Development Plan’s vision for Stirlingshire.

“The Graham family has farmed in this area for five generations and we remain committed to supporting our local community.  Airthrey Green offers wonderful social and economic opportunities for Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead, while opening a section of green belt for public use.

“The development aims to protect Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead’s unique identities while expanding the amenities for both communities.  We would encourage all local stakeholders and members of the community to visit our public consultation in the next couple of months to hear more about our planning submission.”

Airthrey Green aims to meet the needs of Stirling Council that is required to provide new housing and associated amenities to accommodate a growing population and a shortage of affordable local housing.  The proposals originated over three years ago when Stirling Council identified the land for potential development in its draft Local Development Plan (LDP).

Airthrey Green is underpinned by principles of sustainable investment in the local environment, economy and education provision, and the planning submission will feature:-

1  A public park that will remain designated green belt with a long term maintenance fund

2 A new primary school for Causewayside.  This will reduce the need for children to travel to Riverside and create an education hub with the Wallace High secondary school and links to the University of Stirling     

3 Delivering a flood alleviation scheme to address localised flooding in the area and protect existing properties under flood risk in Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead

4 A significant number of new houses to be determined through a masterplan process of mixed tenure including affordable housing for couples, young families and the elderly and self build

5 A neighbourhood centre with services that will compliment local businesses, including health care provision

6 Improvements to Airthrey Road to enhance pedestrian and cycle usage between Causewayhead, Bridge of Allan and the University of Stirling 

7 Multiple access points to avoid traffic running into Causewayhead

Graham’s The Family Dairy is one of the largest private sector employers in Stirling, employing almost 350 people.  The development proposals of Airthrey Green are designed to allow the Graham family to expand its dairy operation and create more than 150 new jobs within the Bridge of Allan-based dairy and a further 200 within the wider dairy industry.

The local community will be invited to a public consultation within the next couple of months to see the latest plans, meet representatives from the Airthrey Green development team and help shape the masterplan process.  The event will be publicised via the local media.