Hopes high for start to £330m village plans
Forestmill is main focus of region deal
Hopes have been raised that plans for a new village on the outskirts of Fife and Perthshire will finally get off the ground.
Planning permission in principle for the £330 million development at Forestmill was approved by Clackmannanshire councillors six years ago, although a further application seeking to extend the timescale of that consent by five years was subsequently rubber-stamped last year.
Upwards of 1,200 homes are envisaged in the project, along with a fourstar hotel, leisure facilities, a championship golf course and primary school.
While fears have been expressed the plans might not fully come to fruition in the current financial climate, The Courier understands the opening of the Queensferry Crossing means Forestmill is now seen as a main focus of the ongoing Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, which should provide financial backing to unlock large-scale housing development in the area.
A report to Clackmannanshire Council conceded the circumstances surrounding Forestmill mean that it “would be unlikely to go ahead without intervention” or could result in a “watered down” development, but stressed the vision for the site is of “an exemplar development which would take advantage of the site’s characteristics and location”.
The village will be built by Hermiston Securities, of the Muir Group, and is likely to take at least 15 years to finish.
A statement from solicitors acting for the Drysdale family, which farms the main part of the Forestmill site, said they were enthused about the future of the area.
“We have farmed at Forestmill for many years and love the area,” the statement said.
“We are excited by the development proposal and the effect it will have in regenerating the local area.”