Local Plan discussed at Hillside Community Council

THE LATEST proposed revisions to the Montrose and District Local Plan were on the agenda of Hillside, Dun and Logie Pert Community Council last Wednesday.

Planning secretary Jim Atkinson had summarised about 1,000 pages into a few sheets of A4. He then gave the meeting a synopsis.

Mr Atkinson said that during the period 2014 to 2024 there would be provision for some 320 dwellings on the Sunnyside Royal site; and there would also be houses in the Brechin Road, Montrose, area.

These would be the two preferred sites for the bulk of new-build dwellings, with an estimated total of around 600.

The proposals state that whoever develops the Sunnyside Estate for housing should contribute to the necessary increase in the size of Rosemount Primary School in the village.

A map of the area circulated at the meeting shows a large area of ‘Preferred Option Employment Land’ to the north of Taylor’s Auctions Rooms.

The map shows arrows on the advancing industrial front, aiming for Hillside and eerily reminiscent of the title sequence in ‘Dad’s Army’.

The chairman, Mrs Kitty Ritchie, acknowledged, that Montrose is running out of industrial land, and some action must be taken.

But she expressed concern about encroachment on the rural area between Montrose and Hillside, and said that a properly designated green belt is needed before the town and the village merge into one.

There was mention of improved road links in the area, calls for which have been made for some time, to attract more business. Precise details were not immediately available, but this is something that is likely to have a strong lobby behind it.

Details of the proposals are available at the village Post Office, or from Mrs Ritchie.