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Alba Developments welcomes final approval for 200 homes in Gretna

Alba Developments welcomes final approval for 200 homes in Gretna

The company behind plans for 200 homes on the old golf course at Gretna has welcomed the unanimous decision by Councillors to grant detailed planning approval for the project and said it hopes to begin construction in early 2022. 

Alba Developments will transform the 28.5-acre site into 200 homes located close to Gretna Primary School, as well as local shops, cafes and restaurants.  As part of plans, local roads will be improved along with upgrades to the drainage to reduce existing flooding risk, while the company will also make a contribution to education for the expansion of the local primary school and for the local water reservoir upgraded.

20 per cent of the development will provide much needed 2 to 4 bed affordable homes surrounded by local amenities and public transport network.

The plans were approved by the Planning Committee of Dumfries & Galloway Council at their meeting yesterday (28 September).

The development will revitalise the currently redundant site that has been earmarked for residential housing in the Local Development Plan since 2014 and build a sustainable new neighbourhood with a mix of 2 to 3 bed bungalows and terraces and 3 to 4 bed family homes as well as elements of open space, playground facilities and the provision of a new cycleway and footpath connections through the new neighbourhood and the surrounding footbath network.

Shane Tickelpenny, Managing Director of Alba Developments, said: “I want to thank the Councillors on the Planning Committee for their support which I hope will allow us to begin construction on the first of these 200 homes in early 2022.”

“We’ve already had inquiries from members of the public asking when these houses might be available, which shows how many people want to move to the thriving and growing community in Gretna.  It is a wonderful place and I am looking forward to our development adding to that by allowing new families to move to the area.”

“The upgrades we will be making to local infrastructure and the contribution we are making to supporting Gretna Primary School are all part of our plans to help the area continue to thrive in the future and we can’t wait to get started.”