Bellsmyre of the future

Plans Submitted to West Dunbartonshire Council to Build a Better Bellsmyre

Date Posted: 13th of October 2021

Our major regeneration scheme to build 140 new high quality homes and improve community amenities in Bellsmyre, Dumbarton moves a step closer.  We have submitted a detailed planning application to West Dunbartonshire Council for consideration by planners and councillors.

The association has put forward ambitious plans for the £40 million regeneration including new homes to replace many of the original tenements.  The high quality homes in the design reflect the housing need of the community.   The development has been designed by ECD Architects. 

The new properties include 8 four bedroom semi-detached houses, 76 two and three bedroom terraced houses and 64 one and two bedroom cottage flats.   The full application also includes homes for wheelchair users with two accessible two bedroom flats incorporated in the scheme.

The application is the second stage of the wider Bellsmyre Regeneration scheme which started with the building of 66 homes on an adjacent brownfield site at Muir Road.  These are due for completion by summer 2022.  Caledonia has also created new homes nearby at Bonhill for tenants in the area.

Numerous consultations with the local community show there is considerable support for this and other developments by Caledonia Housing Association in the area.   Most of the new homes will be taken up by existing tenants.

The association has written to all Bellsmyre tenants with information about the planning aplication along with other news for the Bellsmyre community in the latest issue of Building a Better Bellsmyre newsletter which will be landing on door mats next week.

Andrew Kilpatrick, director of assets, said: “We have developed this housing plan with extensive consultation with the residents and planners to ensure we satisfy the need for high quality and affordable accommodation in the area.   We have also worked hard to create a regeneration plan that not only provides a home but also connects with the local environment and creates a sense of community.”

Dilveer Kaur Hoonjan from ECD Architects, adds:

“The Bellsmyre regeneration development provides a range of new homes with a design that takes inspiration from traditional Scottish architecture with the addition of modern detailing. Key gateways and corners of the site are celebrated by variation of materials, colour and additional design features. The buildings are positioned to fit the topography of the site, whilst taking advantage of the wonderful views of the Clyde and Kilpatrick Hills.

A key priority in the design of the masterplan was to ensure ample public open space was provided, with pedestrian linkages to existing open spaces to enhance the green network in the Dumbarton area.” 

The plans are expected to be considered by the council’s planning committee in the new year. 

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