Dunblane in Perthshire, Scotland could get a new garden centre if plans that include proposals for new affordable and retirement housing get the go ahead.
The Kippendavie Group Trust (KGT) and Stockbridge Nursery have submitted an application for planning permission in principle to Stirling Council for a mixed use development on land to the east of Dunblane.
The application includes new timber and stone barns to form a garden centre, heritage park trail centre, four office and craft workshops and car parking.
KGT’s Roderick MacLeod said:
"The planning application responds positively to the main points raised at our successful pre-application consultation in May, specifically in relation to education, drainage and traffic.
"It also expands on the interest shown in the affordable and self-build housing elements, together with the potential delivery of retirement properties.
"The application is being progressed at this stage as a result of delays to the Stirling Local Development Plan.
"We plan to bring forward the proposed housing allocation at Kippendavie Mains at an earlier stage, in order to meet Stirling Council’s housing targets in an area where we believe there is a strong market requirement.
"Our plans are therefore realistic and immediately deliverable."
The proposals will also allow the existing Stockbridge Nursery to expand to new premises.
KGT and Stockbridge say plans for this element will be submitted later this year, after additional public consultation and the completion of a design study which is currently out to tender.