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Local community unhappy over proposed housing development

Residents from Reddingmuirhead claim property developers Taylor Wimpey “haven’t thought through” proposals for a 200-home estate in the centre of the village.

Following a second public consultation on the proposed application on the Middlerigg Farm plot, some members of the community said representatives from the company failed to answer questions on infrastructure and schooling capacities.

If the plans were approved, it would be the third major property development in the area in the last 15 years.

Kate Connochie, who lives next to the proposed development site, told us, “They just brush us aside, they’re not interested in our opinions on it at all.

“I tried to ask them about when they’re going to investigate the old mine workings and when they’re going to start sinking test boards- because that will cause a great deal of disruption for all of those close to the site – but they can’t answer any of those questions.

“They just have an argument for everything.”

Neighbour Bob Moodie added, “I don’t think Taylor Wimpey addressed any concerns.

“Anyone that I spoke to at the consultation did not put any of my fears to rest.

“As far as I’m concerned, the main driving force behind this is purely profit.”

Andrew Roberts, senior strategic land and planning manager for Taylor Wimpey, said, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our public consultation event for their feedback on our proposed development of land at Middlerigg Farm in Falkirk.

“Our event has allowed us to better understand the views of the local community, and we will take this opportunity to review and consider all of the feedback and suggestions as we develop our proposals for our emerging development with a view to making a detailed planning application to Falkirk Council later this year.”

However, reports from the consultation suggest a number of key issues were not addressed by Taylor Wimpey representatives, including concerns about the local infrastructure.

Ms Connochie added, “They use arguments like: “Polmont train station has 186 parking spaces.” Not at eight o’clock in the morning.”

“That’d be their argument to people coming from out with the area, that there’s great public transport links, but there is not.

“We don’t have the infrastructure here to cope with what they’re intending to now put upon us.”

Mr Roberts responded, “The masterplan for the development has been designed to encourage active travel and walking to schools and other local amenities.

“Local infrastructure improvements are proposed as part of out proposals to ensure that any impact is mitigated.

“We have been working with the council to identify any improvements required.”

If the plans are approved, work on the development is expected to begin in 2021.

Central FM News have contacted Falkirk Council for a statement.

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