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30-year project for new homes

Plans lodged to move Bertha Park, Perth a step closer

Bertha ParkSpringfield Properties has lodged a planning application for its ambitious project to build 3,500 homes at Bertha Park, Perth. If approved, the company hopes to move on site in 2017, a year after its initial intention.

The£1 billion scheme is a 30-year project and will create a new community on 333 hectares on the western edge of the city.

It will include business parks, two primary schools, a secondary school, as well as shops, restaurants, medical, leisure and community facilities.

The Perth and Kinross council masterplan proposes “close knit and intimate streets to form a safe and attractive environment for living, for children and conducive to a new economy”.

Street design for the development will draw on best practice in Scandinavia, Holland and Germany where pedestrian oriented layouts are widely used.

The intention is to create spaces for people alongside a strong sense of place and local identity which echo pedestrian-friendly streets already existing in many historic towns in Scotland.

Springfield’s biggest project to date is Elgin South where 1,100 homes, shops, day care centres, sports facilities; and the largest medical centre in the North of Scotland have been built since 1995.

Chairman Sandy Adam said: “Bertha Park is an exceptional opportunity for Springfield Properties. It is one of the biggest ever developments in Perth and is an entirely new concept for us, rather than extending a community in an existing location, we are creating a new community.

“We are motivated every day by our vision to make Bertha Park an exceptional place for people to live and work. A welcoming place where there’s a home for everyone. A place where young people grow up, spread their wings, and return to have their own family.”

Plans are already in place for a 1,100 place secondary school which will be completed in time for the 2018 academic year. A new road, the Cross Tay Link Road, will be integrated through the site, relieving local traffic congestion and providing access to Bertha Park and the new school.

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