Planners signal green light for 167 houses in Bo’ness

There are concerns over road safety and flooding at the site
There are concerns over road safety and flooding at the site

A proposal to bring a 167-property housing development to Bo’ness was given the go ahead despite fears over flooding and road traffic concerns.

Following a site visit earlier in the month, members of Falkirk Council planning committee met on Wednesday and agreed to grant planning permission for Miller Homes to build the houses on land to the south of Kinglass Cottage off Borrowstoun Road.

A number of issues raised at the site visit, including the development adding to the existing problems of flooding and speeding motorists, were discussed and the feeling was the proposals would help the situation rather than make it worse.

Miller Homes’ plan includes a mixture of two-storey detached and semi-detached houses, cottage flats within two-storey buildings, two vehicular access points off Borrowstoun Road, landscaping, a footpath network and a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS).

Improvement works, including drainage and traffic calming, will take place on the road, with a 30mph speed limit put in place.

Education officers told the committee they forecast around 40 to 45 primary school pupils coming to the area because of the development, so there would be no extra pressure on schools.