Plans for a major new housing development in Dundee could be back on the table if a bid to change the local development plan is accepted.
Persimmon Homes said it would resubmit proposals to build up to 90 houses at the former Stewart’s Cream of the Barley plant on Kingsway East – if Dundee City Council agrees to remove the site from the designated General Economic Development Area.
A Scottish Government report will go before members of the council’s city development committee next week proposing modifications to the Dundee Local Development Plan.
One of those modifications includes: “Removing the Stewart’s Cream of the Barley site from the designated General Economic Development Area at Mid Craigie Trading Estate.”
In September, an application from Persimmon Homes for permission to build up to 90 homes at the former Stewart’s Cream of the Barley plant on Kingsway East was rejected at the city council’s planning committee meeting.
Councillors had been asked to reject the application by Mike Galloway, then executive director of city development, who said the proposal would result in the loss of allocated economic development land.
Recommending refusal, Mr Galloway said: “The principle of residential development at this site fails to comply with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material planning considerations of sufficient weight that would justify approval of the application.”
He said the council had identified the site as employment land to support the growth of the economy and a diverse range of industries.
“The proposal would result in the loss of allocated economic development land which is in close proximity to the Port of Dundee and Kingsway,” he said.
“Residential development at this site would have a detrimental impact on the supply of employment land in the locality.”
A spokesman for Persimmon Homes North Scotland said it would submit a fresh application for the site next year should councillors agree to the development plan changes.
“We welcome the Scottish Government reporter’s recommendations and hope that Dundee City Council will accept them and move to adopt the Local Development Plan as soon as possible,” he said.
“If this happens, we would then submit a planning application, following further public consultation, in the new year.
“From the inquiries we have received, it is evident that this area is in need of new family homes and we would look forward to meeting this demand as quickly as the planning process allows.”