Firm encouraged by response to Upper Victoria plan

The area proposed for a new business park and mixed housing at Upper Victoria on the outskirts of Carnoustie.
The area proposed for a new business park and mixed housing at Upper Victoria on the outskirts of Carnoustie.

A Carnoustie firm is preparing to submit a formal application to develop on the edge of the town following a “positive response” to proposals.

DJ Laing held a public consultation at the end of March to gauge public reactions to their plan to develop land at Upper Victoria between Carnoustie and the A92 in a two-phase project.

In the first phase 24 acres of employment land would be developed to address demand for starter units from new and existing small businesses, while the second phase would consist of mixed housing.

DJ Laing group sales director Karen Nicoll was pleased with the responses generated by the public consultation. She said: “A copy of the forms and analysis of the feedback will be submitted to Angus Council as part of our report on the consultation process. We at DJ Laing are pleased with the positive response so far. The project, if successful has huge potential for our company and Carnoustie.

“The next stage of the process is to submit a formal planning application within the timescales of the pre application notice, ie anytime after May 27, 2014.”

According to the results 94 per cent felt the project would benefit the community; 96 per cent felt it would alleviate town centre congestion; 91 per cent saw it as well-connected and in the right location; 82 per cent believed it addressed housing shortages; 93 per cent felt it created future opportunities for growth; 100 per cent supported growth in Carnoustie and 97 per cent supported Phase one without public funding. Reaction on Facebook however has not been as positive. Anne Marie wrote: “Losing more and more greenery in our county does not benefit our town. Losing farmland to poorly built houses. No thank you.”

Mark Robb added: “The percentages quoted here are quite frankly unbelievable - please publish the sample size and all the criteria surrounding the ‘feedback’ so it can be put into an accurate context.” Karen Nicoll commented: “Most positive feedback came from people at the consultation, we found that some people were giving feedback without attending. We would rather people were fully aware of the proposals before they gave feedback.”

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