23rd September update - A further two planning applications have been submitted, this time for offices (with associated parking) and for a house and garden.

Read about the decisions to refuse

Read the backround to the planning applications

Browse the Holmehill website

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Here is an article from the Stirling Observer

Plans for 129 new homes at Hillside submitted
10 May 2016

Arnbathie Developments and Dandara have brought forward a proposal for full planning permission for the development. An application for a large residential development on the outskirts of Dunblane has been submitted. Arnbathie Developments and Dandara have brought forward a proposal for 129 homes at Hillside. They are seeking full planning permission for the development, which has already attracted opposition from some residents in the area.

In November of last year, we reported that the developers were planning between 100 and 150 units off the Main Road between Dunblane and the Keir Roundabout. The ‘Stop Hillside Houses’ Facebook group has attracted 265 followers. The group argue that the area to the south of the town is unsuitable for residential development, and should not have been indentified for housing in Stirling Council’s draft Local Development Plan. The planning application reveals that there are a variety of different houses proposed within the development, with 40 of the homes classed as ‘affordable’. A statement issued on behalf of the applicant states:

“Development of the site would not only create an attractive addition to the local area but would ensure the delivery of much needed homes and in doing so contribute to increasing the housing land supply in the Stirling area. This is a significant benefit of the proposal and should not be overlooked. Failure to determine the application favourably would have significant implications on the delivery of both main stream and affordable housing in the Stirling area.”

After a consultation event held last November - where 100 people attended - the applicants stated that they have reduced the development’s encroachment on woodland areas.

The development - which would be situated on greenbelt land - is split into several different areas, with a junction off the main road onto the existing road up Hillside proposed by the applicants.

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Allan Water Developments have submitted 2 new planning applications for Holmehill : one for a Mansion House and one for Offices.


Application for Mansion House : Access all the Documents

Just like the most recent application (which was withdrawn), this application is to build a single dwelling house - a Mansion with a swimming pool. The application is essentially the same except that instead of a modern external treatment, AWD has gone for a more traditional approach. See the Planning Officer's planned 'reasons for refusal' (below)

Application for Offices : Access all Documents

The last planning application for Offices was rejected in January 2013 by Stirling Council : Read More

For more Information, go to the Holmehill Blog


Read more about the last Planning Application for a Mansion House

The Planners were going to refuse the last application for a Mansion House but AWD withdrew the application before they could finalise their decision.

Through a Freedom of Information request, Holmehill Community Buyout has gained access to the Planning Officer's reasons for refusal. These remain relevant - they were as follows:-

Planning Officer's Reasons for Refusal (relevant to both new applications)

1. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to the Local Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance for a number of reasons.

2. The proposals are situated within a site identified by the LDP as being within the Green Corridor and an Open Space Audit site. The site is also situated within the Dunblane Conservation Area.

3. The proposals are deemed to be contrary to Policy 1.3 Green Network and Open Space of the LDP in that the proposals are deemed to encroach upon existing open spaces and green corridors and do not maintain or enhance functionality and connectivity (active travel routes, habitat networks, etc). The proposals will result in the net reduction of open space, including loss of connectivity and accessibility and are not deemed to enhance elements of the Green Network.

4. There is also a presumption against the loss of open space, under this policy, unless its loss or replacement with alternative provision is deemed acceptable. No compensation measures have been identified by the applicant. The loss of land is deemed unacceptable.

5. Policy 7.2, Development within and outwith Conservation Areas, is also relevant to this application. The proposals are not deemed to comply with this policy as it is deemed to have a detrimental impact on the Conservation Area, will not preserve or enhance the area in terms of character, appearance or setting.

6. The proposals are also deemed contrary to policy as it does not relate to the density or pattern of the existing development area in terms of the design, massing or scale. The proposals lead to the loss, not retention as stated in 7.2.(ii), of the natural features which contribute to the character of the Conservation Area and its setting.

7. The applicant states that the site is a brownfield site, this is acknowledged in that there was previously a building on the site. However, brownfield sites are described as land that has been previously developed and are occupied by redundant buildings, or where the site has been significantly degraded by a former activity. Within the site there is no evidence of the site being developed previously as the land is in a 100% natural state. There is no evidence on site of degradation by a former use or activity and therefore cannot be considered as brownfield.

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Major Developments are planned for the Queen Victoria School

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The work includes the rationalisation and modernisation of Queen Victoria School and grounds, including the provision of a new teaching block, accommodation block and relocation of activities to existing and new build accommodation such as pipes and drums centre, dance hall, new stores building and new dining kitchen building. Also included are the demolition of surplus unlisted buildings and extensive landscaping and other public realm improvement works. There are also to be drainage works to existing burn and repositioning of culvert.

There is to be a public consultation event on

Wednesday 29 April  in the Chapel at QV School from 3pm to 7pm

Read a letter re the Proposal of Planning Application Norice (POAN)

Read the Proposal of Application Notice (revised version 11.02.15)

Read the Notes

Have a look at the site plan

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Important Planning links to the Council 's website

(See also the Planning Applications & Updates Page)

Local Plan 1999 Local Plan

Local Development Plan LDP

  • Dunblane Convenience Retail Study Retail
  • Settlement Statement Dunblane
  • Open space strategy OSS

Planning applications Applications

Stirling Council's Local Housing Strategy

Planning application at Barbush  Supermarket

Public notices affecting our area tellmescotland

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