Flattening Dunblane’s Hills
Dunblane is a hilly place but otherwise suitable for everyday travel by bike within the town and those hills can be ironed out by electrifying the ride. Dunblane by Cycle, a Cycling UK affiliated community group, is working in partnership with Dunblane Development Trust to run an e-bike day on Thursday 12th October. Join us at the Braeport Community Centre where 4 local ebike suppliers/hirers will be on hand to demonstrate a range of models, provide information and lead short uphill rides. Further information
10.221 Accordingly, I recommend that Scottish Ministers dismiss the appeal and refuse to grant planning permission in principle for the proposed development at Park of Keir.
10.222 However, if Ministers are minded to allow the appeal, I recommend that they grant planning permission subject to the conclusion of a section 75 agreement to secure education and affordable housing contributions in line with the provisions of Stirling Council’s Supplementary Guidance SG15 and SG16 respectively, and subject to the conditions attached to this report at Appendix 2.
Timothy Brian Reporter
From Stirling Observer 300817 Scottish ministers have confirmed that they intend to grant planning permission for the tennis, golf and housing development which is backed by Judy Murray. Plans for a tennis and golf centre at Park of Keir in Dunblane have been approved in principle. The Scottish Government have confirmed that they intend to grant planning permission for the development - which will feature 12 tennis courts and a golf academy. The development, which has been strongly opposed by some residents living in the Dunblane and Bridge of Allan areas, will also include 19 houses, a hotel, multi-user sports pitch, museum and visitor centre. Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, said: “Having carefully considered all aspects of the planning report, I am minded to grant planning permission in principle for this development - subject to conditions and the conclusion of a planning obligation. “I have concluded that the development is of significant regional and national significance. It will bring strong benefits to Scottish sport, helping in the development of elite competitors, while also providing facilities for the community. There will also be economic benefits, both to the local area and more widely. “The next step is for the planning authority and developer to work together to agree to discharge the planning obligation. Once Scottish Ministers are satisfied, they will then be able to formally grant planning permission for the proposal.”
The decision was reached despite the Scottish Government planning reporter who considered the appeal saying some issues of concern raised by objectors were not enough grounds to refuse the application. The application had attracted 55 letters of comment, including from the Woodland Trust, and a Stop Hillside Houses Facebook group which was joined by almost 500 people.
Developers Arnbathie Developments and Dandara had appealed through the Scottish Government's planning appeals system against Stirling Council’s non-determination of their application. However, the appeal reporter decided any approval of the application would be premature given the council's 2016 Local Development Plan was currently the subject of an appeal. In his decision, appeals reporter Mike Croft said: "The project's contribution to housing supply at a time when that supply is clearly deficient weighs in its favour, but that benefit has to be seen against the loss of a greenfield site and the project's less than satisfactory public transport implications.
"Those points call into question its sustainability issues. The project is, in my view, premature in relation to the local development plan process, and the examination into the 2016 plan is well placed to take account of the need for more housing land and the extent to which Dunblane ought to expand on its south-eastern side, if at all." Mr Croft said the "internal components" of the project did not justify its rejection nor did concerns raised about infrastructure, such as education and health provision locally, and that the site was "readily available for development" and located in the 2014 Local Development Plan's core area. He added: "With a shortfall in the five-year effective housing land supply, they are important points in the project's favour. But in pure development plan terms, they are outweighed by the site's Green Belt location and the less than satisfactory public transport implications of the appeal project."
The Woodland Trust, which said this week it was "delighted" the appeal had been rejected, effectively safeguarding the woodland meantime, had objected strongly to the project claiming it would damage ancient woodland designated on Scottish Natural Heritage's Ancient Woodland Inventory as long- established woodland of plantation origin. However, Mr Croft said: I am not satisfied, however, that the project's inclusion of housing on what is now a dense, dark conifer plantation is in itself harmful. "Although it goes on to criticise the project for the absence of significant compensatory planting, it would be sufficient in my view, given the considerable extent of deciduous woodland that would remain within the appeal site, for a condition to be imposed on a permission to control its management and maintenance. Mr Croft also dismissed some objections from locals about overlooking of their houses after inspecting the site.
Dunblane businesses have been recognised for their hard work in brightening up the town. Sandy Mackay and Carolyn Murray, on behalf of local group Dunblane in Bloom, presented prizes to the Beech Tree Cafe, MacLean and Stewart Solicitors and Hairways. All three businesses were handed Mike Seal Trophies as reward for the stunning displays of colour on their shop fronts. The Beech Tree Cafe won Best Shop Front Display while the Most Improved Business Frontage trophy went to MacLean and Stewart. Hairways won the Best Hanging Basket trophy. Mr Mackay paid tribute to the hard work and creativity of all the businesses. He said:"Every year the businesses on the High Street do their bit to add to the work of Dunblane in Bloom to improve how our town looks. "I was very impressed by all the entries this year and I congratulate the winners for their hard work and commitment in making the most of their shop fronts. "I'm very grateful to George Haddock for acting as our photographer again this year." Dunblane in Bloom have been working to improve the appearance of the town and surrounding areas. The projects involve planting beds at Smithy Loan and creating a rock garden and community garden by the Faerie Bridge.
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Dunblane Boys Brigade is on the lookout for new members to help celebrate its big birthday.
It is a great year to get involved in the Boys’ Brigade as the organisation celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Junior Section. With lots of special events to mark the occasion, there’s never been a better year to join and at Dunblane BB, they’re keen to recruit more P4 and P5 boys in to the Junior Section as the year gets under way.
They meet on Friday nights from 6.15-7.45pm at the Cathedral Hall, with a structured, fun-filled programme of games, badge work activities, music, cooking, crafts and technology, science experiments, outdoor skills and lots more, as well as an annual weekend away and other trips and visits.
Meanwhile, our younger section, Anchor Boys (P1-P3, minimum age 5) meets each Wednesday 6.15-7.15pm (commencing 6th September) and gives boys the chance to make new friends, enjoy games, music, drama, take-home crafts, bible stories and lots more.
Company Section is for boys in P7-S6 and meets on both Friday (7.45-10pm) and Sunday (7.30-9.00pm) with many opportunities for learning life skills, first aid, serving the community, gaining awards and leadership roles, being in the outdoors, becoming a musician and even earning Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Braeport memory café is for people with mild to moderate dementia and their carers
All welcome, drop in for tea, coffee, a chat or to socialise, activities include singing, arts and crafts, board games and gentle exercise.
Braeport Centre, Dunblane : Every Wednesday afternoon 2.00pm to 4.00pm
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Forestry Commission Scotland has permitted landowners, Kippendavie Group Trust (KGT), to plant 62 hectares of woodland on the site of the Battle of Sheriffmuir (1715) near Dunblane.
From Scotland B2B East Coast Edition
Fusion Group joins forces with TV chef to open new Scottish Brasserie
July 25, 2017
The company behind a string of popular Scottish venues such as The Golf Inn in St Andrews and the Red Brolly Inn at Balinluig is set to open a new in-house brasserie at the Old Churches House hotel in Dunblane in partnership with well-known chef Kenny Wilson.
Owner and Managing Director of Fusion Group Alex McKie has forged a new business partnership with the TV chef who runs Juniper Bar & Restaurant in Tillicoultry with his wife, Marie Claire. The new joint venture is dubbed ‘Juniper at Old Churches House’ and will open its doors to the public on 1 August 2017 – replacing existing eatery the ‘Dunblathian’ brasserie.
McKie, who is the entrepreneur behind the rebirth of Old Churches House – formerly Scottish Churches House, a multi-faith Ecumenical centre – revamping it into a cosy hotel brasserie and events space in 2013.
He said: “We are hugely excited to announce that Juniper is coming to Old Churches House. It was very much a meeting of minds when, as two existing businesses operating a short distance away, we found one another and realised that it would be mutually beneficial to form a partnership.
“This not only breathes new life into our food offering as a busy hotel and events venue in one of the most vibrant ‘foodie’ parts of Scotland, but also enables Kenny and Marie Claire to open a second outlet of their successful Juniper concept.”
His new-found partner, Wilson, appeared in 26 episodes of STV’s Square Meals series.
He said: “It’s great news for us, with this major opportunity to expand and grow our restaurant concept coming along at just the right time. We are busy finalising the new menus for Juniper at Old Churches House and look forward to customer feedback once we start serving our new Dunblane clientele. We are also looking at potential new suppliers across Perthshire.”