Developers behind a controversial plan that would see 1,400 homes built in west Perth feel their proposal is needed in the city despite more than 80 objections received by the local authority.
If passed by Perth and Kinross Council, the Almond Valley Village scheme would see a primary school and leisure facilities built on land between Ruthvenfield and Huntingtowerfield.
The plan has been discussed in various guises for around 20 years and the latest submission by agents Savills, on behalf of the Pilkington Trust, is scheduled to be discussed by councillors later this month.
More than 80 objections have been lodged with the local authority, and these include submissions from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Almondbank-based engineering firm Vector Aerospace.
In addition, Methven and District Community Council stated they had “profound concerns” about the Almond Valley plan.
Their chairman, Kenny Simpson described the current proposal as “unsupportable”.
“For over 20 years, local residents have emphasised again and again that they value the village character and don’t want to be engulfed by the expanding city of Perth,” he said.
However, Jonathon Henson, head of Savills’ Rural, Perth, said “there has been interest and debate around these proposals”.
“Savills is taking all of the comments made by the local community on board,” he added.
“We have been engaging with the local community and relevant organisations and will continue to do so.
“The current proposals have been carefully designed to take account of the local environment and landscape character.
“The aim is for development to be largely obscured from view, and for existing woodlands to be preserved and enhanced as much as possible.
“The planning application site at Almond Valley has been allocated for residential development within the Perth and Kinross Council’s local development plan, and forms a key part of the approved growth strategy for Perth.”