A NEW planning application has been submitted this week to build a range of new homes in West Kilbride.

Glasgow developer Persimmon Homes lodged the planning application with North Ayrshire Council on December 1 following discussion and consultation with the local community.

The detailed plans outline a combination of 220 two-bedroomed terrace homes through to five-bedroomed detached homes that cater for a wide range of people from first time buyers and downsizers to growing families.

These will be dual branded between Persimmon Homes and Charles Church homes.

The 25-acre site on Portencross Road in West Kilbride was allocated for housing by North Ayrshire Council in their Local Development Plan which was adopted in 2019.

The planning application marks the latest investment in the area following the ongoing popularity of new home developments in Ayrshire.

The success of current developments including Annick Grange and Clyde Shores triggered further investment in new sites Arran View and Mayfields.

Chris Logan, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “Our commitment to investing and creating new homes in Ayrshire remains strong and we have specifically designed the properties to meet the needs of the local housing market.

“Our consultation event in March 2020 was very well attended with approximately 100 people keen to find out about our proposals and we thank everyone for their contributions in helping us to shape our plans.

“Our emphasis on tailoring the layout, materials used, landscaping and the retention of existing trees and stone walls around the edge of the site aim to help the development blend with the wider village and improve biodiversity.

“In addition to our investment of £42.2million we are proposing that plans include an extension to the existing primary school, the delivery of a new signalised crossing on the A78 trunk road for pedestrian safety and further links within the site and to the local path network to encourage walking and cycling.”

The new application comes after council bosses agreed to build fifty more units of its ‘ambitious and climate-conscious housing’ across North Ayrshire.

The administration committed to build 1,625 new homes in every part of North Ayrshire by 2027.

More than 500 new homes are already completed and around 350 currently in the process of being built.

Cllr Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Green New Deal and Sustainability, said: “It’s not just about building new homes – it’s about building them in a way which helps transform communities, in a way which is affordable, and supports our commitments to tackle climate change and to community wealth building.

“Our new homes will benefit from a range of sustainable measures such as small scale district heating schemes.”

The councillor added: “By the end of this financial year, we will have installed almost 400 new build homes with solar PV panels, with a further 1,100 planned.

“We have also installed solar PV panels on the roofs of 437 existing council houses, saving tenants approximately £115 per year on energy bills.”

For more information about the current homes available in Ayrshire including the Annick Grange, Clyde Shores, Arran View and Mayfields development visit: www.persimmonhomes.com.