New village on the outskirts of Dundee is taking shape

An artist's impression of how part of the Western Gateway site will look
An artist's impression of how part of the Western Gateway site will look

On the outskirts of Dundee, a whole new community is coming to life after years of planning.

More than 20 years since first being proposed, the Dundee Western Gateway is gradually taking shape on the other side of the A90, in the Denhead of Gray area.

Once completed, it is hoped the village-style developments will boast more than 1,000 homes, shops and leisure facilities, as well as a new school for children in Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.

Overview of plans for new housing development west of Dundee

Work has already started on two of the major Western Gateway development sites at South Gray and Swallow.

Meanwhile, the Liff site has approval for 100 homes with development still to begin.

A village centre has also been approved, which could feature a community hall, shop, office, dentist and cafe.

A spokeswoman for developer Springfield Properties, which is building the Dykes of Gray scheme, said: “Dykes of Gray village is really starting to take shape.

“More than 145 homes are occupied, the public art has been installed, the playpark and grass pitches have been opened and plans have been submitted by a local business to build a day care nursery in the village centre.

“As more people move in, it has the potential to support a local shop, other small businesses such as a cafe and hairdresser, and public transport.

“We are keeping local bus companies informed of progress to aid them in making a decision on when to introduce a service.”

A spokeswoman for bus operator Xplore Dundee said: “We are watching the development of Western Gateway, as we do with housing projects across the city, and have recently met developers to discuss the plans for this area.

“Any potential services to Western Gateway would depend on there being a suitable infrastructure in place to enable safe access to the development, an efficient and inclusive route and a sustainable level of demand for a bus service.

“We hope that public and active transport options are being taken into consideration by the developers and local authorities as plans for this area progress.”

At an average completion rate of 60 homes each year, the developments are expected to generate about 21 new primary school-age pupils and 12 secondary school-age pupils annually.

Stewart Hunter, Dundee City Council’s children and families service convener, said an informal consultation on education provision at the site will also start next month with a report coming back to committee about June.

He said: “We’ll be carrying out the consulation with Perth and Kinross and Angus councils because the secondary school will involve their councils.

“There are plans for an aged 3-18 campus which will also benefit children in the Monifieth area of Angus and the Carse of Gowrie area in Perth so they don’t travel miles away for school.

“We’ll soon be advising the public on how to take part in the consultation.”

Cross-council working has been necessary throughout the development. The boundary line between Dundee and Perth and Kinross bisects the Swallow roundabout, meaning a planning application for upgrade works on the junction had to be considered by both authorities.

However, Lynne Short, Dundee’s convener of city development, said the boundary line would not affect service provisions such as bin collections, which will be provided by Dundee.

“There is a tiny bit of the Western Gateway which lies in Perth and Kinross,” she said.

“The homes fall under the Dundee area, there is nothing being built within the Perth and Kinross boundary.”