Following the decision by the Court of session to rule in favour of an appeal by Graham’s Dairy and McTaggart and Mickel Homes, Stephen Kerr spoke out expressing his disappointment and frustration at how the ruling came about. The decision means that the Airthrey Kerse housing development for 600 homes on the area between Bridge of Allan and Stirling must be reconsidered by the Scottish Government.
This is due to the Scottish Government not considering the correct issues with regards to the long-term housing supply in the Stirling area.
The decision by Lord President Lord Carloway said that the Scottish Ministers decision had failed to show that they had considered the long-term shortfall in housing.
Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling said:
“This is a hugely disappointing result for the people of Stirling. The greenbelt between Bridge of Allan and Stirling is a highly valuable part of the landscape and it should be protected. The threat of housing which should have been lifted by the Scottish Government decision has now come back and a cloud is hanging over Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead communities. The poor case presented by Scottish Ministers has really let down the people of Stirling and they deserve better.”
Cllr Douglas Dodds, who represents bridge of Allan on Stirling Council said:
This is yet another kick in the teeth for communities in Stirling who are being let down time and again by our travesty of a planning system and Scottish Ministers who can’t present their arguments properly. The Local Communities said no to this, the Council said No yet here we are with the very real threat of the development now taking place. Put this with Park of Keir and it is a damning indictment indeed.