600 houses planned for Dun­beg

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A MASTER­PLAN en­vi­sion­ing 600 new houses be­tween Dun­beg and Gana­van as a ‘gate­way’ to Oban was un­veiled at a pub­lic meet­ing in Dun­beg Pri­mary School on Fri­day.

If en­dorsed by Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, the Dun­beg Cor­ri­dor Master­plan would al­low de­vel­op­ers to build ‘a mix of for-sale units and multi-ten­ure af­ford­able homes’, in­clud­ing ‘re­cre­ation, com­mer­cial, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, busi­ness and in­dus­try, and three strate­gic devel­op­ment roads’, on ‘ va­cant land to the north of A85 be­tween ex­ist­ing set­tle­ments of Dun­beg and Gana­van’.

Link Group, one of Scot- land’s largest so­cial land­lords, set out its vi­sion to ex­pand the two com­mu­ni­ties by ‘a series of new neigh­bour­hoods’ in a ‘coastal wood­land set­tle­ment’, which can act as a ‘cat­a­lyst for an­cil­lary shops, cafes and com­mu­nity uses’ and ‘in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties’.

The master­plan says: ‘Dun­beg of­fers a com­pletely new dy­namic to em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing – mak­ing it a place peo­ple will come to work, live and pur­sue recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.’

Em­ploy­ment gen­er­ated by the new com­mer­cial and tourism fa­cil­i­ties, and con­struc­tion pro­gramme, would in­crease the area’s eco­nomic growth, it ar­gued, and ‘a con­sid­er­able coun­cil tax rev­enue in­crease will be re­alised from the ad­di­tional houses and in­creased rates from the new busi­ness area’.

Project ar­chi­tect Tom Con­nolly, of El­der and Can­non Ar­chi­tects, Glas­gow, ex­plained: ‘This does not mean any houses will get built. You can­not build un­til a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion goes in.’ In­stead, the master­plan sets out ‘how change can be de­liv­ered. The land­scape is the as­set.’

To im­prove ac­cess into Dun­beg, Argyll and Bute Coun­cil re­newed plan­ning per­mis­sion last May to build a new round­about on land south-west of Pen­ny­fuir Cot­tage, near the Half­way House fill­ing sta­tion on the A85 Oban to Perth road.

Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­man Sean MacIn­tyre said: ‘ We are be­hind the project for more houses. There is an ur­gent need. There are 500 on the wait­ing list.

‘ We strongly feel that no more traf­fic can be al­lowed to come through the vil­lage, es­pe­cially the Kirk Road area. The road is al­ready in a sad and dan­ger­ous state and can­not take an­other 250-plus cars go­ing through the vil­lage. The po­ten­tial up­grade of the Kirk Road is great news.’

He was also ‘up­beat’ at plans to in­stall the A85 round­about.

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