PLANS have been unveiled for a development of 12 new houses in Garelochhead.

An application for the site at Smithfield Gardens, off Feorlin Way, has been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council by Garelochhead Developments Ltd.

The plans indicate a development of 10 semi-detached homes, each with three bedrooms, and two detached properties with four bedrooms apiece.

A total of 28 parking spaces also form part of the plans, which planning agents Convery Prenty Architects describe as “a community of dwellings suitable for a contemporary lifestyle”.

The proposed development would back on to the village’s bowling club, and be adjacent to the B872 main road and Garelochhead Primary School.

The council’s planning officers are expected to reach a decision on the plans by the start of November, and comments can now be submitted via the authority’s website.

A design and access statement provided by Convery Prenty says: “Feorlin Way provides private access to the site, as well as a bus stop situated directly outside the boundary.

“The local train station is a 10 minute walk southeast from the site entrance. As such the location of the site benefits from established transport links.

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“The site also benefits from the community of Garelochhead and its amenities. Local shops, restaurants, bowling club, sporting facilities, and other businesses will be further supported by the introduction of a new housing development.

“The brief for this development was to create a community of dwellings suitable for a contemporary lifestyle and demands of modern day living, while remaining conscious of the surrounding historic context and wider community of Garelochhead.

“A total of 12 units are proposed on site, each with two car parking spaces and additional visitor parking spaces at a ratio of one to three.”

The architects added: “The design ethos of the development is rooted in an exploration of site and context.

“Through the analysis of context and local typology we can determine the unique architectural characteristics of Garelochhead that can both add to or subtract from the success of the space.

“This knowledge can then be implemented into a design to enhance the character of the proposed space.

“As such, architectural elements such as building form, material palette, hierarchy of spaces, and boundary treatment can be utilised to create a proposal that contributes to the inherent architectural qualities of a community, without sacrificing the need for modern living requirements.”

The plans can be seen in the council’s planning portal under the code 20/00654/PP.

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