A PLAN to bring more than 50 new-build homes to Alloa has been submitted to Clackmannanshire Council for planning permission.

The proposal includes the creation of 54 affordable homes, consisting of 50 houses and four cottage flats, on a 1.4-hectare piece of land between Leven Court and Achray Court.

The application was submitted by Kingdom Housing Association (KHA) officials who are working on the project in conjunction with Ochil View Housing Association (OVHA).

Documents state the properties would be "a mix of social-rent housing and mid-market rent housing", and the development would also include an access road from Forth Crescent.

Speaking to the Advertiser about the proposal, Moray Glennie, a senior project officer for KHA, said: "Hopefully, we get a positive outcome from the planning department.

"In terms of time scale, we would probably hope to be on site at the back end of the summer.

"[Then] it would possibly be 15 months that you'd have, more or less, for the construction period."

The developers' ultimate goal would be to start having people move into the houses by around Christmas time in 2020.

Moray added: "There's a good demand for social rent housing and affordable housing in Clackmannanshire, so we're reasonably confident the houses will be filled quite quickly."

The proposed development site is just meters away from the former St Mungos RC Primary School building, which was closed for good last year due to water damage.

Clackmannanshire Council was told in October that investigations into the damage revealed "complex groundwater conditions prevailing in the area".

Despite that, Mr Glennie made clear the developers are aware of, and on top of, the potential issue.

He said: "We've obviously got an engineer on board looking very closely at the drainage on the site.

"We've not yet done a site inspection, but that will be taken into account and inform any final decision."

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