PLANS to build hundreds of homes in Stirling have been shelved by councillors.

At its meeting last week, Stirling Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel refused planning applications for two adjoining housing proposals in Cowie.

The applications sought permission for up to 500 houses on a site at the western edge of the village. 

Although the sites are allocated in the adopted Local Development Plan, agreement could not be reached with the proposed developers to provide education contributions in line with adopted education contributions which are outlined in the Supplementary Guidance.

It was deemed that the developments would not provide fair and reasonable contributions proportionate to the scale and nature of the developments with regards to contributions to school capacities.

Planning and Regulation Panel Chair, Councillor Alasdair MacPherson said: "It is very clear that Planning Panel members were not convinced by the cases made by the applicants’ agents and unanimously supported the officer recommendations to refuse both applications."

The applications were initially brought before the Planning and Regulation Panel meeting on 13 April 2017, where the decision was deferred pending a site visit and a haring.

The site inspection took place prior to today’s Planning and Regulation Panel meeting.

Previous consultations focussed on the suitability of the houses for the community, the impact they could have on access to affordable housing and the affect they would have on schools and roads in the area.