Res­i­dents have say on hous­ing plans

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

Res­i­dents of Oban and Dun­beg had the chance to dis­cuss plans for a de­vel­op­ment of 600 new houses which will link the two com­mu­ni­ties.

So­cial land­lord Link has sub­mit­ted its “Dun­beg De­vel­op­ment Cor­ri­dor Mas­ter­plan” to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and held a pub­lic event in Dun­beg yes­ter­day.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing were largely sup­port­ive of the pro­pos­als, but raised con­cerns that the road in­fra­struc­ture must be in­place to cope with the in­creased traf­fic.

The area, be­tween Gana­van in Oban and the vil­lage of Dun­beg, is to be ac­cessed by a new round­about from the A85 Oban to Perth road at the Half­way House Fill­ing Sta­tion and from Kirk Road at Dun­beg.

There is also po­ten­tial for a road be­tween Gana­van and the site.

Phil Mon­teith, Gana­van res­i­dent, said: “What I am con­cerned about is the vol­ume of traff i c go­ing through Gana­van. There are 175 houses go­ing in at site 13, I’m not sure the Gana­van road in its present form can ac­tu­ally take any more traf­fic.

“I just want to be re­as­sured that if any kind of de­vel­op­ment does go ahead, there is an up­grade on the Gana­van road or there is an al­ter­na­tive to the trunk road.

“I am not against it, but there are is­sues re­gard­ing traf­fic flow. The Gana­van road into Oban has got se­ri­ous prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly with pedes­tri­ans. There are no pave­ments.”

The Dun­beg side of the site, where 75 houses have al­ready been built by Link, is likely to be de­vel­oped first. The project is then ex­pected to roll on over the next 10 to 15 years.

Tom Con­nolly, ar­chi­tect for Link, said: “The early phases are likely to take place at Dun­beg. There is con­cern about the ex­ist­ing road. With the level of pop­u­la­tion that has to be up­graded and that will take time. There is a pro­posed round­about at the Half­way House fill­ing sta­tion, that has got to be funded.

“The coun­cil will come up with long-term plans about the school and the roads. These are is­sues that have to be ad­dressed.”

“I am not against it but there are is­sues re­gard­ing traf­fic flow”

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