Plans for housing at former primary school approved by councillors
An artist’s impression of the new housing development in Bellsmyre, Dumbarton.
By Democrat reporter
Plans to build 55 affordable new Council homes on the site of the former primary school site in Dumbarton have been approved by councillors.
The 1.9 acre area has been empty since the former Aitkenbar Primary School in Whiteford Avenue, Bellsmyre, was demolished in 2016, following its relocation to a purpose built shared campus nearby.
The new development will see the site transformed into mixed housing including 24 one-bedroom flats, two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, two three-bedroom accessible bungalows and four-bedroom detached homes.
A tree-lined road will be formed through the centre of the site, from Howatshaws Road, and a new footpath will connect the site with the adjacent children’s play area and woodland path.
At a meeting of the Planning Committee, councillors were also told how new tenants in the homes would benefit from a community garden, which will have shrubs, a seating area, and community art designed in partnership with local schools and an artist.
Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, and Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “I was really impressed with the plans for the new use of this site. It has been well thought out to ensure that this new development can fit in with the existing community and I’m sure it will bring a great deal of benefit to the surrounding area.
“The facilities on offer, including the Community Garden and its close proximity to schooling, is bound to make this site very popular when complete.
“We are committed to providing affordable and efficient new homes for our residents, and it is exciting to see how this development will take shape.”
The now demolished Aitkenbar Primary School in Whiteford Avenue, Bellsmyre, Dumbarton. Picture by Bill Heaney