Jan 25 2013 By Magdalene Dalziel
Plans to expand a housing estate on the outskirts of Dumfries have upset existing residents.
Persimmon Homes Ltd is seeking to build another 45 homes in phase three of the Barnhill development.
But the move has angered residents of Tipperwuppy Drive which was built in the second phase, known as Hillview Meadows.
Ten householders have objected to the planning application which will be considered by councillors on Wednesday.
They want the site to be retained as a green belt and claim they were told that no more homes would be built at Barnhill.
On of the objectors, Stuart McNeil, who lives on Tipperwuppy Drive, told the Standard: “We are fighting to try and block these plans.
“If I look across the field towards Terregles just now I have stunning views, but I won’t any more – which will affect the price of my house.”
The residents have objected on grounds of road safety due to increased traffic and problems with parking.
And they raised a number of other issues with the council which have been noted but are not regarded as “material planning considerations”.
These included “the accuracy of sales information used by Persimmon Homes”.
Barnhill residents have their own Facebook page in which they record problems with their homes, mainly flooding in their gardens.
And they launched a petition opposing the phase three planning application which included a brief questionnaire.
Mr McNeil said: “We have a lot of issues with flooding. We started a petition and 105 people out of 115 said they couldn’t use their gardens.”
The Persimmon application is for 45 detached two-storey houses of between three and five bedrooms in size.
The company’s area managing director Doug Law said: “Persimmon Homes West Scotland has a detailed planning application for 45 family homes as part of an extension to the successful Barnhill development in Dumfries.
“The site is zoned for residential development.
“Through the planning process our proposed designs have addressed all statutory design criteria and the application is recommended for approval by the planning officers at the next committee meeting.”