Proposed development in Thornhill

This post is for information only, not an endorsement. You may leave comments at the end (any comments considered abusive will be removed). Please also direct comments to the developers at SMACGARVIEandCO@outlook.com

The following information has been received from a representative of JCC Group Ltd. and WS Dunsire & partners. They are proposing developments to the current JCC site in Thornhill and development of a new site, new housing and community facilities. See draft masterplan.

A summary has already been published in ‘Thornhill Views’. The following is the detailed document.

The involvement of the community is an integral part of our proposals, in particular the future use of the existing JCC site.

This proposal has not yet been discussed with Stirling Council or local Councillors but we have sought whether the area is of interest to Rural Stirling Housing Association. In the first instance however,  we wish to seek the views of the Thornhill residents.

  • This is a joint initiative between JCC and WS Dunsire (+ partners), culminating from a necessary business decision by JCC to relocate. The agricultural business is expanding rapidly and is ‘out-growing’ the existing site. The site is not in a good location, being situated on a corner to the western entrance to the Conservation Village of Thornhill and adjacent to a residential area.
  • At present JCC employs 20 staff (including a number of apprenticeships) of which most are local. JCC wishes to expand which will increase local employment opportunities, most notably apprenticeships. A number of sites out with Thornhill have been considered, however it is JCC’s preference to remain close to Thornhill.
  • The Local Development Plan promotes the existing JCC site as a preferred residential area, recognising that the land use is classed as a ‘bad neighbour’ to the adjacent residential  area. Due to the type of business use, the site is contaminated and along with the existing redundant listed building (for which JCC still pays rates) is deemed non viable for residential use.
  • After an extensive site search  and in agreement with JCC, WS Dunsire (+partners) have secured the land for the potential relocation of the agricultural business, as delineated in Plan 1 + 2 attached. The land parcel extends to some 7.3 hectares.
  • The land is classed as greenfield in the Local Development Plan, however there are no other brownfield sites available for such a use within the Thornhill settlement boundary.
  • There are significant costs involved in the relocation of JCC and in this regard, there is a requirement and opportunity to consider a viable and sustainable growth of Thornhill.
  • As part of this proposal we have undertaken a number of studies and financial appraisals which have formed the basis upon which a viable Master Plan can be prepared.
  • The studies already undertaken comprise for example, ecology, landscape, transport and economics, which have guided the initial Master Plan.
  • As part of the viability of the proposal, the economic study has extensively reviewed the ‘economic health’ of Thornhill. Important matters such as age profile, school role, existing services, employment and housing provision have been considered.
  • It is clear in the report that there are employment and housing issues within Thornhill, with limited services and potential future problems with the school role. An analogy has been provided with the village of Doune, which several years ago was in decline. The introduction of a business area and new housing has seen a marked increase in the vitality of Doune, with a number of new social facilities opening, attracting young families and opportunities to the area.

The indicative Plan 3 promotes land use areas, with some 2.7 hectares of Business and industrial use, being located to the western edges of the proposed site with associated access.JCC requires a purpose built site of 1 ha with a 50sq meter workshop.It is proposed as part of this development and in terms of viability to also consider additional business and industrial space, opening up further employment opportunities for the area. In terms of the residual area to the north of the road, it is proposed to promote a mixed tenure residential development. This will assist in the viability of the employment/industrial site as well as providing a mix of houses including bungalows and affordable housing. No layout has been prepared but would estimate that such an area could be suitably facilitate some 70 houses for the market over a period of time, which is significantly less than the number built at Doune.

The site presently occupied by JCC is identified in the Local Development Plan for residential use. The site has been examined and is subject to contamination. The shape of the site and the existence of the redundant listed building renders the site as not suitable or viable for residential use.The proposal is to work with the local community and create an area, for example comprising a village square, some retail units, parking and landscaping. It is possible the redundant listed building could be re-used as a community hub/café linked in to leisure/cycling or similar uses. The Master Plan comprising the proposed new employment area, residential use and re-use of the JCC site are inter-linked and the viability of which are based in part on the proposed new houses.

In normal circumstances on this important matter, we would have presented our proposals to the local community to seek their opinions and ideas.

The views of the local community are important and we would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

The requirement for JCC to relocate and the cost of relocation are fundamental to this proposal, along with an opportunity for investment in Thornhill. There is a requirement for JCC to relocate in the immediate future.

In terms of planning procedure and the next steps, the Master Plan proposal under the planning regulations, would require to be formally consulted with the local community over a 12 week period, seeking views and ideas. After such time a planning application could be submitted to Stirling Council, whereupon all interested parties could make representations direct to the Council.


Stirling Science Festival 15 – 17th October

Are you super at Science, thrilled by Technology, excited by Engineering, animated by Art or mad about Maths? Stirling is set to host its very first Science Festival, which will explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths).

The festival will take place online from Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th October 2020 and will include, fun & informative STEAM workshops for families, a fantastic family science show, science Q&As, fun experiments to conduct at home and much more.   

The festival is produced by Stirling Council and D.C. McNeill Consultancy in partnership with Forth Valley College, the Engine Shed, Stirling University, Codebase, Developing the Young Work Force and Zero Waste Scotland.

For more information go to www.stirlingevents.org/festivals   

This Saturday there will be an online event organised by Froglife – please see attached details.  Froglife is keen for more people to sign up for this event.

Coronavirus Update 9/10/2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Further to my email yesterday on the new restrictions the Scottish Government has today published the new regulations. The new regulations can be found here.

The restrictions will come in to place at 6 pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October 2020. The restrictions are as follows:-

Licensed Premises

Any person who carries on business at a premises licensed to sell alcohol under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and situated within the District of Stirling Licensing Board (the “Board”) area must close and cease selling food and drink for consumption on the premises from 6pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October 2020.

There are some limited exceptions to this general position and these are as follows:-

  • A limited exemption for premises where the service of food and drink forms part of another business. The part of the business serving food and drink must close but the remainder of the premises can remain open. An example is a golf clubhouse, where the bar must close and cease selling food and drink, but the club shop may remain open.
  • Cafes and canteens are excluded from the definition of licensed premises but must cease selling alcohol with food if they hold a premises licence. A café is defined as “an establishment whose primary business activity, in the ordinary course of its business, is the sale of non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals, which may be consumed on the premises”
  • limited exemption for service of meals and non-alcoholic drinks for guests only in accommodation and student residences that are licensed premises. Hotels and commercial providers of accommodation can serve alcohol via room service only, and can serve food and non-alcoholic drinks for consumption in other areas of the hotel or commercial accommodation.
  • exemption for specific life events such as wedding receptions or a funeral which may continue with alcohol being served with numbers present being restricted as per current rules.
  • exemption for takeaways and home deliveries which remains subject to local license conditions.

If there is dubiety as to what is a café or not, Council officers will have regard to the licensed premises operation plan to ascertain whether the primary activity in the ordinary course of business is the sale ofnon-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals, which may be consumed on the premises :-

“For the purposes of these regulations Stirling Council regards a café as a small establishment with the primary purpose of serving light meals and snacks, coffee, tea and other soft beverages. The Council will have regard to the operating plan of any licensed premises which claims to be a café in ascertaining whether that licensed premises is indeed a café.”

Unlicensed Premises

Unlicensed premises may open between 6 am and 6 pm and cannot permit the consumption of alcohol on the premises such as BYOB.

Other Listed Businesses

All persons carrying on a listed business located in the Board area must close and not carry on that business for 16 days from 6pm on Friday 9 October 2020 until midnight on Sunday 25 October. The only exception to this is where the listed business forms part of a larger business premises. In this situation the requirement to close the listed business is met if that part within the larger business premises is closed.

Listed businesses are:-

(a) a nightclub or discotheque,

(b) a sexual entertainment venue,

(c) an indoor theatre,

(d) a concert hall,

(e) a soft play centre,

(f) a snooker hall,

(g) a pool hall,

(h) a bowling alley,

(i) a casino, or

(j) a bingo hall.

Restrictions of Gatherings

The current restrictions on gatherings in public places remain; no more than 6 people from no more than 2 households can gather together. The specific exceptions for life events such as weddings and funerals remain.

You will appreciate that we are responding very quickly to a fluid and changing situation. Whilst the regulations provide a definition of café, the Council will try to be as helpful to license holders as possible. However, there will be situations where licensed premises will not fall within the Government’s definition of a café.  

The Council’s licensing team is responding to enquiries as quickly as they can but we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails; we are working as hard as we can to deal with queries. Information will also be placed on the Council’s website.

Coronavirus Update

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

After the FM announcements today regarding restrictions being imposed for the next two weeks, extra restrictions apply to Central Belt Health Board areas ( Including Forth Valley that is made up of Stirling, Clacks and Falkirk council areas)

Central belt area focusing on five health board areas (Ayrshire & Arran; Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire; Lothian):

·         Restrictions on licensed premises will come into force from 18:00 on Friday 9 October, with all other restrictions applying from 00:01 Saturday 10 October.

  • All licensed premises will be required to close, with the exception of takeaway services. Cafés (unlicensed premises) which don’t have an alcohol licence will be able to open between 6am and 6pm

·         Takeaways (including from pubs and restaurants) can continue

·         Evening meals may be served in accommodation for residents only but no alcohol can be served

·         Specific life events, such as weddings and funerals, may continue with alcohol, with current meeting rules for these events (20 person limit in regulated premises only)

·         No group exercise classes for indoor gyms and sports courts, pools with an exemption for under 18s

·         No adult (18+) contact sports or training, except professional sports, indoor or outdoor

·         No outdoor live events

·         Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close

·         Public transport use should be minimised as much as possible, such as for education and work, where it cannot be done from home

·         Current meeting rules, maximum of six people from two households, continue to apply

Public Health Scotland Covid19 Dashboard.

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Please find below a link to the updated Public Health Scotland Covid19 Dashboard.

  • Click on ‘cases by neighbourhood ‘ link , enter Stirling in the menu and it will show information on latest number of cases / seven day trends etc in various neighbourhood areas across the Stirling Council area


20mph Speed Limit For Thornhill


Stirling Council has confirmed that officers within the Network Management team are currently finalising proposals for Thornhill, with a 20mph speed limit proposed to cover Main Street and all residential streets.
The work will also include a replacement vehicle activated sign in the vicinity of Burnhead and changes to road markings within the village to encourage improved driver behaviour.
The Council hopes to advertise the speed limit order within the next month (October), and have all works within the village completed by January 2021.