Big plans for former Killearn hospital site

THE former Killearn hospital site is going to be transformed by developers.

Developers, Selborne Developments Ltd have submitted a PAN (Proposal of Application Notice) to Stirling Council planners for a new vision for the site, which has been considered to be an eyesore by many locals for decades.

Several ideas for redeveloping the site have failed to come to fruition so far.

The PAN outlines the company’s initial proposals as a precursor to further community consultation and potentially a formal planning application being submitted.

This latest proposal involves a mixed use development of 16 community houses (flats), six live work units and 55 self-build plots plus workspace and commercial properties.

The developers have made initial approaches to Killearn Community Council in recent months to outline their considerations for the site which is believed to be one of the biggest brownfield sites in the Stirling area.

Several schemes have been outlined in the past but none were financially viable.

Transport and accessibility has been a stumbling block, although a new roundabout recently improved the situation. The site would also need to be decontaminated due to asbestos.

A spokesperson for Killearn community council, said: “This area of land, which is situated well within site of a major tourist route, has lain derelict for almost 40 years and is unsightly.

“It is in the interests of all parties to regard the Killearn Hospital site as an opportunity rather than a problem.

“Good access to the site already exists via a roundabout on the A81.

“There is much local support for a plan that includes a mix of housing, tourist development and small business units.

“We are aware of the problem of asbestos contamination and the associated costs.

“However, the fact is that this must, at some stage, be dealt with.

“Dealing with this effectively would rescue the site from its present rundown condition and could transform it into an area providing a positive contribution to the economy of the area.

“This site is even further away from the village amenities than the Station Road site.

“To overcome this, some local transport provision will need to be made to link with the centre of the village.”