Springfield Announce Major New Development for Dundee
Springfield estimate the value of the development will be in excess of £150million and that the building of the new village will create over 100 new jobs and help to sustain hundreds more in the area over several years.
The Western Gateway site, which is west of the Kingsway and around Dykes of Gray Road, has been awaiting development for some time. The idea of three distinct villages at the Western Gateway has long been a vision for the area; the site having been identified by the city with the Dundee & Angus Structure Plan 2001-2016, and again in the Dundee City Local Plan 2005. Several developers have previously submitted proposals, however, none of the earlier plans have gone ahead.
The proposed new village, South Gray, could have up to 600 homes. Springfield is looking to local villages and small towns for inspiration and say they will achieve a traditional village look and feel. The settlement may include a village green, community hall, play space and pitches. Homes are likely to be two, three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached with appeal to all ages and stages. With architectural insight taken from local buildings the developer aims to create a village with a distinct identity which complements the surrounding area and villages, while providing much needed family homes.
Sandy Adam, Springfield’s chairman said: “This is a wonderful site; one we are very excited about. Dundee has undergone an exciting transformation over the years - you just need to look at the waterfront to see that. A site like this doesn’t come up often; it offers homes in the countryside, coupled with excellent transport links to the whole of Scotland and quick access to the city centre.
Mr. Adam continued: “We have an excellent track record for developing on sites that have previously stalled; most recently at our Beaverhall development in Edinburgh, which various companies had tried to develop over the last 13 years earlier. Our involvement began two years ago and we are on site there already.
“We are keen to move quickly at South Gray which has been zoned for development for over eight years now, possibly even starting to build in 2014. We appreciate that the Council have been frustrated by the lack of development and have already put in the spine road in order to encourage activity. This, coupled with our collaborative approach to working with all stakeholders and the popularity of our homes, each built to suit individual customers, will contribute to finally putting this village on the map.”
Springfield is already leading the industry in building energy efficient homes by building many homes to Silver Sustainability Standard; these new homes will feature the latest in cost-reducing energy efficiencies and will be inexpensive to run. Springfield chairman Sandy added:
“We often hear that it costs £1,500 a year to heat the average family home; I believe it is the building industry’s responsibility to help bring down this cost with great, energy efficient design.”
Springfield believe that demand will be extremely high because of the nature of the development and the excellent accessibility of the site.
The developer, which will lodge the Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the Council this week, wants to bring together the local community in a series of consultation events early in the New Year to highlight how the proposals are coming together. Once feedback has been received, the homebuilder will lodge applications in March.