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Edinburgh, 29 September 2011 - Stirling Council’s Planning Panel has resolved to grant full planning permission for a major office development at Pirnhall near Bannockburn.
The planning permission is for 176,640 sq ft of office buildings and 17,700 sq ft of leisure facilities on land located at a strategic location between the M80 and M9 motorways. Planning permission has been granted subject to a suitable legal agreement to secure off site highways works.
The proposed office accommodation includes six pavilions, varying between two and three stories, whilst the leisure development would be housed within one building and could operate independently of the office accommodation. The development includes the provision of a foot/cycle bridge spanning the M9, connecting the site with the pedestrian and cycle network on the A872, and a dedicated bus service from the Stirling town centre running at intervals of 20 minutes. If fully occupied, it is estimated that the development could accommodate nearly 1,300 jobs, providing a major boost to the local economy.
The Pirnhall site was previously the location of a surface mine which opened in 1,933 and closed in 1963. The proposed development would stabilise the previously mined land and address any associated contamination issues. The approved proposals also include a number of energy conservation measures including ground sourced energy usage, rain water harvesting and natural methods of ventilating and cooling buildings.
Development plans for the site were first brought before the Planning Panel in May 2009 and during the intervening time the plans have undergone a series of amendments to satisfy planning requirements.
Stuart Winter, Senior Development Planner for Jones Lang LaSalle, who acted as planning consultant for the project, said: “Notwithstanding the current tough market conditions, the proposed development could well provide a significant economic boost to Stirling, generating a significant number of both direct and indirect jobs for the local and regional economy. The site has great visibility to the M9 and would provide occupiers with great access to the motorway network.”
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