Persimmon plans to build 62 new houses at former Dundee school site

Persimmon Kingspark DundeeDevelopers have unveiled plans to build 62 homes on the site of a former Dundee school.

Persimmon Homes North Scotland has lodged proposals with Dundee City Council for the old Kingspark School site in Gillburn Road, Kirkton after acquiring the site for £3.3 million in December.

According to the proposals, the new estate would consist of a mix of three and four-bed detached and semi-detached homes, with access coming from Gillburn Road.

In a report submitted to council planning officials, Persimmon said it had carried out an extensive consultation into the plans, including informing Kirkton Community Safety Partnership and local councillors.

The developers also put the plans on display at Downfield South Church earlier this year.

A number of objections were put forward with some members of the public against the loss of open green space to housing — “as this is one of the only green spaces in the area”.

Locals also had concerns about flooding as the area is “often waterlogged”, while “excess road traffic is a concern as the levels of traffic currently are high, especially with the school adjacent”.

Some also said they didn’t like the housing type and had concerns about the size of the new homes.

Persimmon said it had taken steps to address some of the matters raised.

The firm said in a statement: “Part of the new development retains a recreational space to the south of the site to serve the existing and proposed residents in the area.

“As part of the new proposals a sustainable urban drainage system is included and should ensure the risk of flooding due to the new housing is avoided.”

The firm said the new roads layout would comply with relevant policies, which would reduce the impact of traffic on the area, and insisted the larger house sizes would “maximise the amount of amenity space to private gardens and also minimise the amount of traffic”.

The plans will be considered by councillors in due course.

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