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January Meeting

It is the January meeting of the Community Council on Monday 25th January at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

As well as our standing agenda items and our monthly Police, Community Safety Team and Youth Reports, we will also receive updates on the following:

  • The #59 bus service – Chris Cox, Falkirk Council
  • Parking and the travel plan at Forth Valley Royal Hospital – Mark Craske, NHS Forth Valley

All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but have a matter you would like to raise, please let us know by leaving a comment here or by e-mailing us at lst-cc@virginmedia.com

Please also remember that we have a special meeting of the Community Council on Tuesday 26th January at 7pm in the halls of Larbert Old to discuss Falkirk Council’s budget saving proposals. We have invited Mary Pitcaithly the Chief Executive of Falkirk Council to attend the meeting to provide an overview of the savings and to answer questions. All are welcome to attend.

Falkirk Council Budget Savings Presentation – Tuesday 26th January, 7pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church

Falkirk Council has to make a massive £51m of savings over the next 3 years. The Community Council has invited Mary Pitcaithly, Chief Executive of Falkirk Council and Bryan Smail, Chief Finance Officer to a special open public meeting to provide an overview of the options for the savings and to enable members of the local community to ask questions on the impact on local services and the local community.

We would like to invite all local residents, businesses, and organisations to come along and take this opportunity to hear about the savings from Falkirk Council’s Chief Executive and to raise any questions or concerns they have.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 26th January at 7pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

The link to the savings proposals can be found at: http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/council-democracy/budgets-spending-performance/budget-savings.aspx

Have your say on the future delivery of health and social care services

The consultation on the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Strategic Plan, is now available at the link below.


NHS Forth Valley and Falkirk Council want to hear your thoughts and views on the plan which sets out how services will be delivered across the Falkirk area over the next three years. What matters to you is important and this is your opportunity to influence the way local health and social care services are developed and delivered.

You can feedback by:
• Completing the online survey.
• Emailing your comments to integration@falkirk.gov.uk
• Telephoning 01324 504021and they will arrange for someone to call you back
• Submit comments in writing to: Freepost FALKIRK COUNCIL

The deadline for feedback is 31st December 2015

November 2015 – Community Council Meeting Notification

It’s the last meeting in 2015 of the Community Council on Monday 30th November. All are welcome to join us at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

We’ll be discussing the Lido with Falkirk Council, considering Falkirk Council’s budget proposals    and receiving an update on progress with the establishment of the Todhill Windfarm Community Benefit Funds.

We’ll also have our monthly updates from Larbert High, Police Scotland and the Community Safety Team.

If you have any matters you would like to raise but can’t make it along on the 30th, please let us know by posting a message here or e-mail us at lst-cc@virginmedia.com

Falkirk Local Development Plan Adopted

The Falkirk Local Development Plan (LDP) is the statutory document which guides future development in the Falkirk Council area for the period 2014-2034. It was adopted by Falkirk Council on 16 July 2015.

The LDP contains a vision for the area, an overall strategy, and detailed policies and proposals indicating where development should, or should not take place. It provides criteria which Falkirk Council uses in assessing planning applications.

To view the adopted LDP & area maps, please click here.

In addition to the LDP itself, Falkirk Council produces Supplementary Guidance which provides further more detailed guidance on certain policies in the LDP. To view the Supplementary Guidance, please click here.

Falkirk Council is now starting work on a review of the plan. For more details, please click here.

June 2015 Meeting Notification

The June meeting of the Community Council will be held in the Rennie Lounge of Larbert Old Church on Monday 29th June 2015 at 7:15pm.

At the meeting, we will have a presentation on Falkirk Council’s proposals for a new Council HQ. The consultation for this can be viewed here.

We will also be discussing Community Energy Plans. There will be an update on the Todhill Windfarm Community Benefit Fund and Community Action Plan which is currently being developed. To view the findings from the Community Action Plan Research Report, please click Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood – Final Research Report – 2015.

We will also have our regular monthly updates from Police Scotland, the Community Safety Team 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 e-mail us as soon as possible on lst-cc@virginmedia.com or post a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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 www.falkirk.gov.uk/sg 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 ldp@falkirk.gov.uk
•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 lst-cc@virginmedia.com

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

Local Development Plan – Examination Report

Falkirk Council has issued the following update on the Falkirk Local Development Plan following the publication of the Examination Report. The Proposed Plan contains a vision, spatial strategy, policies and proposals indicating how the Falkirk Council area should develop over the plan period, 2014-34, including new housing, economic development, infrastructure and green network proposals.

“LDP Examination Report Issued

The Examination Report for the Falkirk Local Development Plan was published on 6 March 2015, just over a year after the Proposed Plan was submitted by the Council to Scottish Ministers. The Report, prepared by Reporters from the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals, gives recommendations on each of the 29 unresolved issues raised by representations to the plan.

The Examination process has involved a number of further information requests from Reporters to the Council and other parties. However, there have been no inquiry sessions or hearings.

The Reporters’ have generally supported the Council’s approach to strategic housing land targets and supply, but have recommended additional policy wording to cover the situation should a housing land shortfall occur during the life of the plan. There have been relatively few recommendations to change allocated housing sites. Three sites have been recommended for removal from the plan – Wood Street, Grangemouth, and Duke Street and Nethermains Road, Denny – while one small site has been added at Pretoria Road, Larbert.

Likewise, there has been little change in terms of economic development sites, with just two sites at Lochlands, Larbert and Firs Park, Falkirk recommended for removal. Changes have been recommended to reflect the new National Developments in National Planning Framework (NPF) 3, including a proposal for carbon capture and storage which is to be identified schematically to the north east of Grangemouth Docks.

Various wording changes have been recommended to policies, including those on major hazards, town centres, renewable energy and minerals. A number of these are to take account of the new Scottish Planning Policy. The preparation of supplementary guidance on renewable energy technologies other than wind is also recommended. Policies for the provision of community infrastructure and affordable housing, and the infrastructure proposals in the plan, have been supported

The recommendations are largely binding on the Council, who now have to prepare and approve a modified plan to send off finally to Scottish Ministers. Thereafter adoption would take place, which is programmed to happen in June 2015.

The Examination Report can be viewed at www.falkirk.gov.uk/ldp .”

Proposed Flats in Old Police Station/Registry Office in Stenhousemuir

Falkirk Council has put their designs on display at the One Stop Shop in Stenhousemuir for the 18 flats (9 1-bedroom and 9 2-bedroom flats) they hope to build on the site of the former Police Station and Registry Office in Stenhousemuir. They intend to retain the existing Main Street façade of the building with a new build behind the facade. The flats would be built over 3 floors (with a lift) and would be social housing owned and managed by Falkirk Council.

The designs will be on display for another few weeks at the One Stop Shop and Falkirk Council is welcoming comments on the proposals.

The Community Council will discuss the proposals as well at our next meeting on Monday 26th January. Please note this is a community consultation at this stage in advance of the finalisation of the plans by Falkirk Council.