Re-think on hous­ing plan for new Blair devel­op­ment

Pri­vately-owned homes to be in­cluded on site

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The pro­posed so­cial hous­ing devel­op­ment at Blackthorn Place in Blair­gowrie will now in­clude an el­e­ment of pri­vately-owned houses.

And a new ‘lo­cal let­ting plan’ is to be in­tro­duced to give lo­cal author­ity hous­ing of­fi­cers greater dis­cre­tion about who can be al­lo­cated the new homes.

The re-think first came to light at the most re­cent meet­ing of Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Community Coun­cil, held ear­lier this month in Rat­tray Church Hall, and was con­firmed by lo­cal SNP coun­cil­lor for the area, Bob El­lis, this week.

The Blair­gowrie and the Glens coun­cil­lor said: “I have lis­tened care­fully to the views of res­i­dents who cur­rently neigh­bour this land to as­sess any con­cerns, and the very well-at­tended meet­ing at the cam­pus last month left me in no doubt that I had to act on their con­cerns and

com­mu­ni­cate these within the coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“In essence, people are wor­ried by what seems like a sub­stan­tial trans­for­ma­tion of the area’s char­ac­ter into some­thing they had not en­vis­aged when they first pur­chased their prop­er­ties some years back.

“Fol­low­ing my rep­re­sen­ta­tions on be­half of res­i­dents, I have now been as­sured that this mix of hous­ing will be al­tered to in­clude af­ford­able houses for sale, which will add to ex­ist­ing owner-oc­cu­pier ten­ure, bun­ga­low units for rent to al­low people to down­size from larger prop­er­ties, and high qual­ity mod­ern homes for rent.

“In ad­di­tion to this change, I am pleased that we will be in­tro­duc­ing a ‘lo­cal let­tings plan’ for this devel­op­ment which will give hous­ing of­fi­cers greater dis­cre­tion about who can be al­lo­cated one of these new homes, and new ten­ants will also be re­quired to sign up to a neigh­bour­hood agree­ment.”

Coun­cil­lor El­lis added: “We have an acute need for new so­cial hous­ing in Blair­gowrie and I wel­come the way in which these new prop­er­ties will help to ad­dress this short­age.

“It is im­por­tant, how­ever, that we de­velop our hous­ing of­fer in step with com­mu­ni­ties and I am pleased that the orig­i­nal propo­si­tion has been sub­stan­tially changed to bet­ter re­flect lo­cal con­cerns.

“The change to the hous­ing mix, to­gether with the added pro­tec­tion of a lo­cal let­tings plan, now of­fers an ex­cel­lent prospect to build this devel­op­ment site in a thor­oughly pos­i­tive and sus­tain­able way.”

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing of nearly half a mil­lion pounds to Hill­crest Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for the devel­op­ment of 71 units at Blackthorn Place, near the Blair­gowrie Community Cam­pus, ear­lier this year.

Re-think Bob at Blackthorn Place

Pro­posed devel­op­ment Blackthorn Place in Blair­gowrie

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