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Forestmill development boost for Clackmannanshire

A new development at Forestmill in Clackmannanshire has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

Forestmill development boost for Clackmannanshire

A new development at Forestmill in Clackmannanshire has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.

The project will include housing, a hotel, a golf course, along with leisure and community facilities.

The plans were scheduled to be the subject of an inquiry by the government, but following the approval of the Clackmannanshire Structure Plan 3rd Alteration, and in line with new planning regulations, this has been cancelled.

Analysis found that the proposed mix of affordable, mid-market and executive housing will help serve the continued population growth in the area.

The planned tennis courts, new primary school, sheltered housing and a bowling green will benefit residents.

The developer will also restore and enhance the Meadowhill open-cast mine site.

Councillor Eddie Carrick said in a statement: "We're looking at £330million of capital investment, creating an estimated 962 jobs.

"The council's commitment to improved transport links such as the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail link is paying off, as we start to attract high-quality investment that will cater for our growing population."

Ronnie Muir, director of the developer Muir Group, said: "We are delighted at the decision by the Scottish Government to revoke call-in of the Muir Group's outline development application at Forestmill.

"This demonstrates a positive approach which we in the housebuilding industry welcome, particularly in the current economic climate.

"Our proposals represent a multi-million pound investment for the local area and we are pleased the Scottish Government has chosen to endorse the decision originally taken by Clackmannanshire Council to support this project."

Councillor Janet Cadenhead added: "It's worth remembering that this is a long-term development. We believe in Clackmannanshire's potential and look forward to seeing Forestmill grow over the next 15 to 20 years."

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