Council chiefs passed a controversial plan for 350 houses amid claims it could lead to 380 jobs and boost the Perthshire economy by £3 million per year.
An outline proposal for the Crieff scheme was approved by Perth and Kinross Council’s development committee despite pressure for a moratorium over road safety concerns.
Jean Ann Scott Miller of Crieff Community Council voiced concerns over the Broich Road project in an address to council members.
She claimed “everyone” in the Strathearn town is concerned about traffic problems and highlighted a recent road accident between a pedestrian and a bus.
“I know we are looking for something out of the ordinary in asking for a moratorium it is a 19th Century philanthropic way to look at things,” she said.
“But we are talking about a triple junction here and there is chaos at Broich Road at opening school times and less so when school closes.
“There is a huge danger for children who go to school and for mothers who walk toddlers along the road.
“This is not some suburban alleyway.”
Mrs Miller told council chiefs that the mixed use development would be delivered on a “piecemeal basis.”
Alston Birnie, appearing on behalf of the applicant Robert Simpson & Son, told the meeting there would be a two- metre grass verge and then a further two-metre footpath built along Broich Road to address concerns about safety.
He also highlighted the impact the phased 10-year development will have on the local economy.
“This will support Crieff and reverse recent shop closures in the town,” he said.
“Three-hundred-and-eighty full-time jobs will be created and the revenue generated by everyone at the site will provide £3m to the local economy.”
Meanwhile, the committee also agreed to pass a plan for 164 houses to be built on land west of the former Cherrybank Gardens in Perth.