Dundee housing project could be significantly delayed due to Perth and Kinross Council

The Swallow Roundabout
The Swallow Roundabout

Fears about traffic problems in Perthshire could affect the construction of hundreds of new houses on the outskirts of Dundee.

Dundee City Council had approved plans to increase the size of the A90 Swallow roundabout to deal with additional traffic from 1,300 new homes at the Western Gateway on the edge of the city.

But the discovery that part of the roundabout is actually in Perthshire has meant that a new planning application has had to be submitted to Perth and Kinross Council, creating a new stumbling block for the development.

Developers Springfield Properties wants to increase the number of lanes on the roundabout and add traffic lights to ease vehicle flow created by the homes it hopes to build in the area.

But the roundabout upgrade, first passed by Dundee City Council in 2015, will now have to be approved by Perth and Kinross after it came to light that a quarter of the roundabout is in its jurisdiction.

Invergowrie residents are likely to object to a larger roundabout due to fears it will lead to more drivers using the village as a “rat run”.

Carse of Gowrie councillors are appealing for residents to make their opinions known in a new consultation.

If sufficient objections are received by November 9 the application must go to Perth and Kinross planning committee early in the new year. If the application is then rejected, or modified, builders run the risk of having to reapply to Dundee planners, creating substantial delay, as the application moves between authorities.

Lochee SNP councillor Alan Ross said the upgrades would not have been approved by Dundee City Council were they not necessary for the Western Gateway development.

Carse of Gowrie councillor Alasdair Bailey, Labour, welcomed the new planning application.

“I called for Invergowrie residents to be consulted and it’s great to see that now in process,” he said.

A Perth and Kinross Council spokesman said: “The application is under consideration and the relevant stakeholders are being consulted.”