New community of 3,000 homes

Springfield secures permission for Bertha Park

Bertha ParkA new community of 3,000 homes on the edge of Perth  is to go ahead after the developer secured planning permission.

Springfield Properties’  £1 billion project, Bertha Park, covers an area of 333 hectares and won the backing of Perth and Kinross Council.

A detailed plan of phase one, expected to be assessed by a committee next month, is likely to begin in 2017 with 1,100 homes including private, affordable and retirement accommodation.

The homes detailed for the first phase will include two bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.

Springfield has taken inspiration from Perth and the surrounding towns and villages to achieve a traditional look and feel for Bertha Park. Careful planning has been carried out to ensure each home will be easily accessible to green space and that the build will be highly energy efficient, meaning lower energy bills for the homeowner while reducing households’ environmental impact.

There will be a primary and secondary school as well as shops, restaurants, medical, leisure and community facilities. The development will be built over 30 years, creating more than 2,000 jobs.

The £1 billion development willcoincide with improvements to the road infrastructure with the introduction to the Cross Tay Link Road which will be integrated through the site, relieving local traffic congestion and providing access to the area. The plans for the secondary school are already under way with an anticipated completion in the 2018 academic year.

“We are delighted with today’s decision,” said Springfield managing director, Innes Smith.

“This is a big step forward in a 30 year project and the result of five years of planning and design in partnerships with Perth and Kinross Council.

“We have set our sights on delivering an exceptional place for people to live and work and we are excited to be bringing Springfield’s award winning homes to Perth. We are on track to start building in 2017, initially creating around 450 new jobs and supporting many more.”

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