Public opinion online has been stirred up by a recent proposal for a significant building project on the outskirts of Carnoustie adjacent to Carlogie Farm.
Last week a presentation was put to Carnoustie Community Council regarding a proposal by developers The Muir Group for new residential, commercial and leisure premises at land by Carlogie.
In their submission for Carnoustie the Muir Group proposal stated: “The adopted Local Plan allocates some 15 hectares of land for employment uses at Carlogie to provide opportunities for existing and incoming businesses to locate.
“Although this allocation has not progressed in the current economic climate, it is considered that it reinforces that the Carlogie location opposite the employment site and surrounding the Carlogie House Hotel is appropriate for development for a range of housing led uses.
“In particular, and specifically recognised in the Main Issues Report, the landscape setting of this area is such that the site is well contained with the ability to absorb further development.”
The Facebook page OurCarnoustie invited followers to comment on the proposal, triggering a number of impassioned replies.
Bob Gray posted: “Taking away some nice green belt and turning it in to a concrete jungle is just madness, and do we really need another golf area?”
Melanie Coleman had an alternative suggestion. She said: “I would rather see some of those sad brown areas within the Carnoustie boundaries be utilised first for development.
“It does the town no good having these bits of land sitting there full of refuse, weeds, and derelict buildings for years on end. I am thinking of places like the Victoria Street area. If there is a mandate from government to build more housing, fine, but lets see it in more sensible areas than the one proposed here.”
According to the chair of Carnoustie Community Council, Jim Simpson, it is too early to jump to any conclusions.
He said: “The Muir Group came along to the last meeting and very broadly outlined their views for that area over the next 20 years.
“They didn’t have any specific proposals that they put forward at the meeting but until they come up with a set of specific proposals then the community council can’t really comment.
“Of course if any development were to affect the High Street retailers we would be against that.”
He added: “We can’t just dismiss any proposals offhand without knowing what they are.”
The Muir Group submission is online at http://www.angus.gov.uk/ldpmainissuesreport/Responses/The%20Muir%20Group.pdf