information on a landmark planning application for the Drum Farm
was revealed this week.
And proposals to put the plans on public display have also been
The application, lodged with Falkirk Council two weeks ago,
features a mixed use development including an extension
to the current
residential site, a business park and a hotel or restaurant.
also contains facilities such as a community centre, cemetery,
parkland with footpaths and cycle routes and children's
addition, a waterway or loch would create the opportunity for
enhanced wildlife habitat and a substantial area of
been included to protect the Green Belt boundary.
business park has the potential to provide hundreds of jobs
and increase employment opportunities for local
a spokesman this week.
Monaghan of Mactaggart and Mickel said: "The outline
application includes several elements which could
significantly impact in a
very positive way for the community."
Estate's John Cadell believes the scheme will complement Falkirk
Council's emerging plans
said: "It is quite unusual for a
landowner to be so closely involved with the
creation of a development on their
Grange Estate has been committed from the very beginning to the
high quality and integrated approach
of the masterplan.
We are now at the stage where we can begin to market the business
site. We wanted to ensure the right conditions were in place
first and, in doing so, further enhance the image of Bo'ness.
result of our work through our involvement with forward-looking
developers and the Greenbelt Group is already
beginning to transform the eastern gateway of Bo'ness.
quality achieved by our integrated approach is now being promoted
primary Scottish model for development by the Scottish
All the pieces are now coming together — we have an excellent
location combined with the right quality
is certain to attract business, leisure and tourism to the site
with all the advantages for the local economy
of jobs, trade and investment."
proposals are to go on display at Mactaggart and Mickel's office
The Drum to allow the community
the opportunity to consider the
merits of the proposed development.
display will also be available for viewing at Bo'ness Library
on the community
web site: http://www.bo-ness.org.uk/polls/Drum-BusinessPark.htm .
outline planning application comes
on the heels of a £5
million venture by Falkirk Council,
Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley,
BP and Historic Scotland which
and restoration of the Hippodrome
year Mactaggart and Mickel won a Homes for Scotland
doubters say the business park is a red herring that will
come off — and that
Grange Estates will eventually
to extend the boundaries of
the housing being built there.
also claim that, despite
being zoned for business
10 years ago,
there has been
the site for such a purpose.