Perth and Kinross councillors approved the proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) at a special meeting on Wednesday 22nd November.
The blueprint highlights a need for around 12,000 new houses in the next nine years to cope with a predicted population surge.
PKC said that as there are only around 50 hectares of brownfield sites in the region, the majority of developments will inevitably be on greenfield areas, despite this local policy being counter to several national policies. Agricultural Land will be used where possible, says the local authority, and is not critical to the overall strategy of the plan but the use of these greenfield sites is inevitable to accommodate growth and will be used as effectively as possible.
The inclusion of greenfield sites in the proposed plan opens up opportunities for landowners in the area to promote sites for development.
Bidwells has a wealth of experience in this area and has an impressive track record of representing landowners at this stage and subsequent stages of the housing development process.
Bidwells’ principal planner Corinne MacDougall said:
Now is a crucial time for landowners and farmers to seek expert advice to enable the best possible chance of having their land considered for development. This is a huge opportunity to maximise potential from brown and greenfield sites and having the right advice at the right time is crucial as you don’t want to miss the boat.
The revised Local Development Plan (LDP) formally sets aside swathes of land for a range of development projects including the massive Perth West scheme which will see more than 3,700 houses and prime employment on land off the A9. About 670 acres of greenfield land will be zoned for the development.
The 50-acre Friarton Quarry could be re-designated for housing and leisure facilities such as a dry ski slope. Meanwhile, a proposed expansion of Blairgowrie, Perthshire’s biggest town, could see more than 800 houses built on the eastern border. And the £1 billion Bertha Park site could be expanded further, with a new park and ride facility.
The Proposed LDP will accept comments from 1 December and the consultation is expected to extend to early 2018. This consultation is the final opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed LDP and to promote their sites for development within the next 5-10 year plan. The comments received during the consultation will assist PKC to finalise the LDP before final submission to the Scottish Ministers for examination.