Oban masterplan approval paves way for new affordable homes

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is planning to deliver new affordable homes in the Glencruitten area of Oban after a development masterplan was approved by the local authority.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning committee last week gave the green light to a masterplan for a development area on land north west of Glencruitten Rise.

ACHA now plans to develop affordable homes on part of the site.

In his report for councillors, planning officer David Moore wrote: “Critical to the delivery of 100 houses on the site is ensuring that appropriate upgrades are undertaken to Glencruitten Road.

“These have been the subject of extensive historic discussions with the council’s roads advisors and agreement has been reached in respect of necessary off-site highway improvements which must be provided to secure this scale of development.”

He added: “This is undoubtedly a challenging site to access, however, the existing situation in Glencruitten Road is substandard and the current application is considered by the area roads engineer to present an opportunity to secure planning gain through the carrying out of off-site roads improvements which will benefit both existing and future users.”

More information on the design and cost of the development will be revealed next month.

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