Planning Application Made
Following an extensive consultation with the local community, the Gannochy Trust has this week made a full planning application for the development of forty eight affordable houses within the existing Gannochy Estate.
The proposed project, which was initiated in 2012 as part of the 75th anniversary of the Trust, addresses an identified need within the Perth city area. It has been carefully designed to ‘Housing for Varying Needs’ standard to ensure the development meets the requirements of all age groups and levels of ability, and helps to generate a sense of community.
The Trust's chairman, Dr James Kynaston commented, “We were very encouraged to receive positive, constructive feedback from the community during our consultation period which helped shape the final proposal which we’ve submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.
We are particularly proud to confirm that the key themes of the housing development underpin AK Bell’s original ethos while ensuring we provide the people of Perth with high quality affordable housing. Our application sets out the development of a lifetime neighbourhood, the provision of healthy homes for life, and the development of community greenspace and improved access to the countryside.”
The final plans from the Gannochy Trust propose thirty-eight two bedroom homes, six one-bedroom homes and four fully wheelchair accessible three-bedroom homes. This complements the Trust’s current stock with better provision for individuals, couples and small families. It was identified that these groups are not well served by the Trust’s current homes and discussions with Perth and Kinross Council have confirmed that there is a general shortage of this type of affordable housing.
During their initial research, the Trust found a growing body of evidence to suggest that modern housing is not delivering acceptable indoor air quality. This has prompted them into co-funding work with the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre for the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at Glasgow School of Art to investigate potential solutions to this issue. It is anticipated that the outputs from this work will be disseminated to the wider housing and construction industry to help inform future housing design and development.
The housing development plans are a key part of an anticipated £25m of investment by the Trust in the Perth and Kinross area over the next 5 years.
2012 was the 75th anniversary of the Gannochy Trust, and to mark the occasion, the Trustees decided to develop and extend the housing estate that was laid out between 1923 and 1931 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, the Trust’s founder.
The provision of high quality affordable housing is a key concern of both the Scottish Government and Perth and Kinross Council. The Trust believes that this development is an essential addition to the local housing market and will provide a substantial contribution to help address this issue within the Perth City area.