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Yeoman McAllister scheme panned by Scottish design watchdog

A housing scheme by Edinburgh-based practice Yeoman McAllister has been mauled by Scotland's design watchdog for lacking 'skill and ambition'.

The project, for 85 homes on the former Tannochbrae Chalet Park in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, came in for scathing criticism from Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) at a recent review meeting.

According to the reviewing panel the designs were not of a high enough quality for the important site in Callander and some of the proposed buildings 'appeared to be standard designs brought from elsewhere'.

The report went on to say that the design of the houses 'demonstrated a fundamental lack of skill and ambition and [did] not respond to the uniqueness of the site'.

It continued: 'The quality of developments based on such an outdated response is generally poor.'

The watchdog also criticised the site strategy, including the approach to parking and the plot orientation.

A+DS recommended that the project team reexamine Planning Advice Note 72 and develop a scheme which 'responds to the magnificent opportunities presented in terms of location, views and light'.

by Richard Waite

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