Helensburgh Golf Club: Taylor Wimpey housing plans officially filed

DETAILS have been revealed of plans for more than 300 homes on the Helensburgh Golf Club site after an application to build on the site was formally submitted to council chiefs.

Taylor Wimpey formally applied for planning permission for the East Abercromby Street site at the end of 2021, and the application has now been cleared by Argyll and Bute Council and published on the authority’s website.

In addition to 309 residential units, plans also include the demolition of the existing golf club clubhouse, the construction of a new clubhouse and the provision of an improved 18-hole golf course.

Feedback can now be given to the authority, with a decision expected from town planning officials by Thursday 19 May.

A design and access statement by Taylor Wimpey states: “There is a recognized need for new housing in Helensburgh Settlement.

“During the preparation of the local development plan, council approached the golf club to discuss the possibility of relocating the golf course to provide additional residential land in a sustainable location.

“The golf club saw this as an opportunity to enhance the existing golf course offering in the area whilst providing land for much needed accommodation.

“This eventually led to an area of ​​the golf course being earmarked for housing in Argyll and Bute’s adopted Local Development Plan (LDP

“Following this land allocation, Helensburgh Golf Course has entered into an option agreement with Taylor Wimpey West of Scotland. Taylor Wimpey, in partnership with the Dunbritton Housing Association, will provide much needed family homes in the regions.

“Before this can take place, a fundamental part of the proposed development is the reconfiguration of the golf course to provide new holes, create a par three course and build a clubhouse and provide first class facilities to support the future. golf at the heart of the community”.

Taylor Wimpey and golf club officials held two online community consultation events in 2021 to outline their plans.

The statement adds: “Access to the site is currently gained from East Abercromby Street and the site is bisected approximately north-south by the Old Luss Road footpath and cycle path.

“The proposed development will be accessed from a new priority junction on East Abercromby Street, opposite Lever Road and at the general location of an existing access track to the Helensburgh Golf Course.

“To support this proposal, traffic surveys were undertaken in May 2018 and September 2019 at a number of surrounding junctions, the locations of which have been agreed with Argyll and Bute Council.

“Traffic flows have been estimated for the future with and without the traffic estimated to be generated by the proposed development of the residential element and a transport assessment has been submitted in support of the application.

“Transport Planning Ltd concluded in the transport assessment that the proposed development can be easily integrated into the existing transport network to provide a site accessible by a range of transport modes and which promotes genuine modal choice.”

Helensburgh Community Council members have previously raised concerns about the impact of increased traffic on East Abercromby Street leading to and from the development’s single access point.

The statement concludes: “As demonstrated in this design and access statement, the proposed development has been designed to successfully create a sustainable place in line with Scottish Government policy.”

The plans can be viewed on the council’s website at argyll-bute.gov.uk under reference number 21/01879/PP.

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