Modern 'clachan' set to rise in the Ochil Hills
August 6 2020
A Perthshire housing development first conceived in 2010 is to recommence with the appointment of Marshall construction as the main contractor.
Led by Athron Hill Development Company the project takes the place of the former Ochil Hills Convalescence Hospital in Milnathort (now demolished), to provide a mix of 35 bespoke homes designed to meld with the rural landscape.
Situated on the southern slope of the Ochil Hills the development will seek to evoke historic forms such as Swanston Village in Edinburgh with a sequence of prominent gables. Culverted watercourses will also be opened up with a network of pathways stitching the homes into neighbouring woodland.
Fraser/Livingstone Architects director Robin Livingstone commented: “ Inspired by the placemaking patterns of historic clachan settlements, the houses will be sensitively stitched into the sheltering mature woodland, whilst simultaneously opening up to the sunny south-facing slopes to enjoy majestic views out over Loch Leven, the Lomond’s and the Pentland Hills beyond.”
Demolition of the former hospital buildings was carried out in 2003.
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There can't be many clachans which are a strip development along a road with houses set back to allow car parking at the front and a wee cul-de-sac to maximise the number of units on the site?
It's a good example of suburban, developer led housing.
Is there much placemaking with houses set back from boundaries or does a path around the site now make a place?
Maybe I'm looking at the wrong site plan?