Economic potential there to be tapped

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An ambitious new development on the outskirts of Monifieth will have “major economic benefits” according to the developers.

An outline proposal of The Grange by developers Taylor Wimpey was presented to the general public on Friday at a consultation exhibition at David Lloyd Leisure, adjacent to the proposed site.

Up to 380 homes, a recycling facility and a park and ride facility were included in the plans.

Karen Esslemont, an associate at Optimised Environments and the master planner, was pleased with the turnout.

She said: “People are generally engaging with it. There’s always a bit of suspicion for new developments. We’re here just to explain this in the context of the local plan. This is one of the options.”

Whatever the final composition of the development should it go ahead, a significant economic impact is to be expected.

Andrew Roberts, strategic land manager for Taylor Wimpey, explained: “We anticipate there would be major economic benefits to the local area in a variety of ways including employment on our construction site, as well as our investment and spend in the local area itself, and by way of our developer contributions towards the improvement of local facilities that would be agreed with the local authority if our plans proceed.

“We also believe the provision of an increased choice of new homes and the creation of a new parkland will encourage new families into the area offering wider economic benefit to the local area.”

Asked about the aims behind the project, Mr Roberts said: “The proposed strategic outcomes for the local community are the key drivers to the success of our proposal for The Grange in Monifieth.

“We believe that providing additional housing land within the South Angus Housing Market Area, a park and ride facility on the A92, and an improved recycling facility for Monifieth, as well as the opportunity to address the current shortage of affordable homes identifies with key issues affecting the local community, and we believe these can be delivered by our proposals on the land that we own at The Grange.”