Public consultation begins on Dumfries masterplan for multi-million pound intergenerational village
A public consultation is underway on a master plan for a multi-million pound intergenerational village made up of nearly 500 homes in Dumfries.
Locals have been invited to a community event on Thursday to learn more about the £45million ‘care campus’ in the Crichton area, set to be the first of its kind in Britain.
Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of The Crichton Trust, said the event at Easterbrook Hall at 2pm will focus on what makes the Ladyfield site “special and unique in the eyes of stakeholders and the local community”. .
He added: “I am delighted to have an experienced and capable team of staff and consultants working together to help shape the plans for the Ladyfield site in Dumfries.
“While we are aware that some local residents and stakeholders are concerned about this development, we take our responsibility to protect and enhance our physical and natural environments very seriously and I can assure you that we will exercise the same level of care and respect in developing the Ladyfield site as we do at Crichton.
“I, for one, am very excited about the opportunities this project presents and hope that others will share my optimism for the next phase of community and stakeholder engagement activities.
Plans include 477 housing units for people of all ages, including students, as well as infrastructure and amenities including a primary school, shops and a health centre.
Seniors will be at the heart of the community, living side by side with students, families and site workers who will “look after each other”.
The project team hopes to see construction work on the development begin within the next five years.
Collective Architecture, along with Raeburn FarquharBowen, Buro Happold and nbm Construction Consultants, has been appointed to lead the masterplan project on behalf of the Crichton Trust.
Ross Aitchison, Project Architect for Collective Architecture, said: “Ladyfield’s 21st Century Village project represents an opportunity for culture change to create a new, truly sustainable community linked to Crichton’s rich heritage and significant natural assets of the site. of Ladyfield.
“Our experienced design team are delighted to work with The Crichton Trust and its broad group of stakeholders to realize their aspirations for this exemplary project.
“Our role will be to take advantage of the unique characteristics of the existing historical, social and natural setting to develop a framework for an ambitious and exceptional intergenerational place.”
The Ladyfield site, currently owned by the council, is adjacent to the Crichton.
Councilor Stephen Thompson, co-leader of the Dumfries and Galloway Authority, said: ‘I am delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council is a partner in this development and we look forward to participating in the next community engagement event. .
“I encourage anyone interested in the project to come on Thursday to have your views heard.”
Councilor Linda Dorward, co-leader of the council, added: “This is a very exciting and ambitious project for the Ladyfield site. Having seen some of the work done by The Crichton Trust over the past few years, I am sure that the development of this site will bring benefits to all.
A Facebook page has been created by residents concerned by the Ladyfield projects.
The page can be viewed at – https://www.facebook.com/SaveLadyfield