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Planners urge council to reject 90-home development on Dundee whisky bottling site

The rubble of the old Stewart House building on Kingsway East following its demolition.

Proposals for a major new housing development on the site of a former Dundee whisky bottling plant are being recommended for refusal by city planners.

Persimmon Homes has applied to Dundee City Council for permission in principle for up to 90 houses on the site of Stewart House, the former Stewart’s Cream of the Barley plant on Kingsway East.

However, city councillors will be asked on Monday to refuse permission for the £10 million development.

The former Stewart’s plant.

In a report to go before members of the council’s planning committee, executive director of city development Mike Galloway said councillors should reject the application because it did not comply with the local development plan.

He said: “The site is allocated as a general economic development area in the Dundee Local Development Plan 2014.

“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.”

Mr Galloway 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 added.

“Residential development at this site would have a detrimental impact on the supply of employment land in the locality. The proposed residential development would result in a reduction in the quality and diversity of business land in Dundee.

The rubble of the old Stewart House building on Kingsway East following its demolition.

“The principle of residential development would fail to support the aims of the local development plan in ensuring there is an effective supply of housing sites.”

He said that favoured developments for sites such as these included car showrooms, wholesaling and scrapyards.

A spokeswoman for Persimmon Homes said: “We maintain that the land is suitable for housing development and will be attending the committee to make representations to that effect.”

Councillors will have the final say on whether or not to approve the plans.

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