New Dunbeg homes could be ‘most inclusive’

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If plans for 300 new homes at Dunbeg stick to a code of practice meeting the needs of people with disabilities, it will be North Argyll’s most inclusive development to date.

Oban Disability Forum has sent Argyll and Bute Council planners a letter of ‘strong support’ for the development by Link Group Ltd on land near Mains Farm.

Ken Johnston from the forum said members were delighted to note  ‘extensive references’ in the planning application to using inclusive design principles.

And he said if, as stated in the application, a particular design code of practice meeting the needs of people with disabilities was applied across the housing scheme, it would be ‘the most inclusive development ever in North Argyll’.

‘It will create an environment where disabled people can contribute to and be involved in their community, can be independent and can fulfil their potential.

‘The forum congratulates the architect for adopting an inclusive design to his development.’

The forum has asked that at least 10 per cent of the housing stock is disabled-friendly and that other ground floor homes can be readily adaptable.

It also wants to see the footpath to the development made suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, and have benches and perch stools along the way.

‘From its own remit, the forum is strongly supportive of this development and would be happy to offer feedback to be involved on a phase by phase basis,’ added Mr Johnston.

Link and representatives from West Highlands Housing Association, Argyll and Bute Council and Transport Scotland have started consultations and attended a Dunbeg Community Council event to hear and respond to concerns from locals.

Anyone wanting to look at the plans in detail can go online at publicaccess.argyll-bute.gov.uk/online-applications and search 18/00375/PP