D-day looms for home plan

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A DECISION that could potentially pave the way for a new 60-bed nursing home, associated special care unit and over 25 homes will be made only after councillors visit the proposed site itself, amid some lingering concerns over access.

November 12 is when planning committee members will be on location, to discuss two outline plans from Robert Pow for land west of Drum Road and south of Muirend Court, which he partially owns, with the rest in council ownership.

These were both recommended for approval by the council’s development services director in a report to Wednesday’s planning committee.

At this stage, figures quoted are only indicative and detailed plans would need future approval.

But before a decision is made on permission in principle, Bo’ness Councillor Sandy Turner requested the visit.

Any future nursing home would be accessible via a new purpose-built road at the west of Drumacre Road, while the new homes would be reached via an improved existing track east of Drumacre Road.

While the council’s roads development unit had advised the latter was feasible, Councillor Turner said he still had concerns relating to access to the properties.

The outline proposals, which include some affordable housing, would deviate from the current affordable/special needs housing only designation.

But the plans were deemed an acceptable departure in Wednesday’s report. The approval recommendations came with conditions of at least 15 per cent affordable housing, plus planning gain of £900 from the developer per home to St Mungo’s High School.