Banks says thanks for support of housing plan

March 28, 2012 | Property News

Considerate developers have been granted permission to build 141 new homes in Cardenden, creating an exciting addition to the Fife town.

Banks Property was delighted to earn approval from local planners, a move which will see a brown field site transformed into a sustainable and attractive community.

Colin Anderson, managing director of Hamilton-based Banks Property Developments said: “We are extremely pleased this has now been given the go-ahead.

“This development will be a real boon to Cardenden and we’d like to thank the local community for all the feedback they gave us during the local consultation. They really did play a crucial role in shaping the plans.”

The development includes a mixture of modern two, three and four bedroom family homes to be built on a site which includes a derelict garage and an area of disused farmland.

Ten per cent of the site will also be given over to affordable housing and Colin added: “The local community council asked if we could make some of those affordable homes bungalows. We were only too happy to take that on board.

“The idea is those bungalows will provide ideal homes for older or infirm members of the local community who are currently struggling with stairs or other access issues. It is a perfect example of how our development with care philosophy works.”

Plans for the site were fine-tuned by respected Scottish architects Archial, a process which included amending road access into the community, which will be from Woodend Road.

The thoughtful and considered approach from the architects means the designs will create a community which enhances the existing town, while meeting Fife Council’s blueprint for careful future expansion of Cardenden and the Scottish Government’s ‘Designing Streets’ policy.

The development work will also involve a clean-up for part of the Boghead Burn and will create two play parks.  A pond area will also be created – part of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) – which will encourage local biodiversity.

Colin added: “Everything our company does is about partnering with local communities. Achieving planning permission is only one small part of what we do.

“The rest is ensuring our developments are supported by local people and deliver real, long-term benefits and opportunities for families and businesses.

“This development will be open, airy with sustainable homes set in an attractive green space. It is a fitting addition to the town and is a positive look to the future.

“The improvements will be particularly noticeable when we transform the brown field part of the site which is currently a rundown garage and something of an eyesore. That will be replaced with a frontage which the town can really be proud of.”

Banks Property is part of the Banks Group (www.banksgroup.co.uk), a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs 380 people in the mining, renewable and property sectors.

It develops land for commercial and residential property development and is committed to creating sustainable communities where people want to live and work, developing sites ranging from less than an acre to more than 300 acres. 

The company’s Development with Care approach underpins all its work, driving community consultation and environmental excellence.

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