Monthly Archives: May 2015

Falkirk Local Development Plan – Consultation on Supplementary Guidance

Falkirk Council is preparing and consulting on a range of Supplementary Guidance (SG) which will accompany the Local Development Plan (LDP). At this stage, they have published, and are seeking comments on the following three draft Supplementary Guidance notes:

SG04 Shopfronts – Revised SG which provides design guidance for businesses making a planning application to alter, refurbish or replace shopfronts.

SG11 Healthcare and New Housing Development – New SG which provides guidance to developers on the level of financial contributions expected where new residential development is proposed within an area where there are deficiencies in healthcare facilities.

SG15 Low and Zero Carbon Development – New SG which provides guidance and advice to developers on how low and zero carbon development technologies may be incorporated into the development process to ensure that there has been an overall reduction in C02 emissions to meet Building Standard Regulations.

These SGs are part of a series of seventeen SG notes which are linked to the LDP and will provide further detailed guidance and interpretation to support the planning policies contained in it. Under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended, SG now has a statutory basis and forms a part of the development plan.

Copies of the documents are available online via the Council’s website or can be viewed at Abbotsford House, One Stop Shops and libraries during normal opening hours.

If you wish to make comments on the draft SG notes please make them in writing using the following contact details by Friday 3rd July 2015:

•By email to
•By post to Falkirk Council, Development Services, Planning and Environment Unit, Abbotsford House, David’s Loan, Falkirk FK2 7YZ

If there are any matters you wish the Community Council to consider in relation to these documents, please leave a comment here or e-mail us at

Underground Coal Gasification – Public Exhibitions

Cluff Natural Resources Plc is currently developing the plans for a deep offshore Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Production Test in the Kincardine-Grangemouth area.

Members of the project team are holding two public exhibitions to provide members of the local community and other interested parties with information about the project and to give feedback.

This is the first round of consultation and comments received at these public exhibitions will help inform the assessment work and design development prior to entering the formal planning application process.

The public exhibitions will take place on:

Thursday 4th June 2015 – 13.00 – 19.00 – Stephen Memorial Hall, Back Street, Culross, KY12 8HP

Friday 5th June 2015 – 13.00 – 19.00 – Grangemouth Town Hall, Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AN

If you are unable to attend on either of the dates above but have a query you would like to discuss with the project team, please contact:

May 2015 Meeting Notification

The May meeting of the Community Council will be held in the Rennie Lounge of Larbert Old Church on Monday 25th May 2015 at 7:15pm.

At the meeting, we will have our regular monthly updates from Police Scotland and Larbert High School.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and to contribute to discussions or to raise any issues.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but have any matters you wish to raise with us, please leave a comment here, e-mail us as soon as possible on or post a comment on our Facebook page.

Public Meeting for Results of Community Consultation – 28th May 2015

In preparation for the wind farm community benefit funding being generated through the Todhill Wind Farm, the Community Council has been working with Community Enterprise supported by funding we have received through Local Energy Scotland to help us to identify local priorities to generate a local community action plan. We have had a tremendous response to the online survey and attendance at our public and stakeholder meetings.

Community Enterprise are going to present the results of the consultation at an open public meeting which will be held on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 6:30pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

All are welcome to attend.

Winner of Photography Competition

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Jamie Burgoyne’s photo “New Dawn, New Hope” is the winner of our photography competition. We had so many fantastic photographs submitted and the quality of entries was very high. The 3 judges who are all local residents with art-related backgrounds advised that the judging was no mean task and that it took a lot of deliberation and discussion between them to come up with a winner.

The judges advised that there were several reasons for their choice of winner which included the fact it shows the old (Larbert Old Parish Church), the new (the pier and boat house at Larbert Loch), the upgraded amenity of the area (Larbert Loch and woods) and because it is in the hospital grounds it also suggested the tranquillity of the area within the community. It was also pointed out that rays emanating from the rising sun could also be suggestive of the turbine blades at the wind farm. Overall the judges felt this picture best fitted the brief and was a well constructed and taken photograph too.

Jamie will be awarded his prize vouchers at the public meeting on Thursday 28th May 2015.Jamie Burgoyne - New Dawn. New Hope

Falkirk Council Office Headquarters Consultation

Falkirk Council is carrying out a pre-application consultation on the proposal for the demolition of the Municipal Buildings Complex/Westbank Centre and erection of new headquarters facility for Falkirk Council, including upgrading the site access.

Falkirk Council is seeking views from local residents and local businesses up to 31st July 2015. This is in advance of the submission of a planning application for the proposal.

Falkirk Council is holding the following 3 drop in consultation events:

  •  Howgate Shopping Centre, Tuesday 2 June 11am – 4pm
  •  Howgate Shopping Centre, Friday 5 June 11am – 4pm
  •  Howgate Shopping Centre, Saturday 6 June 1pm – 4pm

You can access more information on the consultation by clicking here.

The pre-application notice can be viewed here: Council HQ PAC