Former caravan park to be transformed into housing estate in Ayrshire village

A developer got the go-ahead to build a housing estate in a former East Ayrshire mining village.

Firm Modern Spec Ltd applied for planning permission to construct 138 houses at the former Carskeoch caravan park in Patna, which closed in 2010.

Buyers can choose from bungalows and two storey homes according to designs — but there will be no affordable housing.

East Ayrshire Council’s planning committee approved the proposal with certain conditions attached to the application in principle at its most recent meeting.

Chair Councillor Jim Roberts, SNP, said: “The development would be a welcome addition for the Doon Valley. It would be good to bring new families into the area

“The site was identified for housing in the council’s local development plan.”

Land earmarked for development at Patna

Plans show gardens and communal land for the potential growing of vegetables.

There were two objections, which raised concerns over construction noise, loss of privacy, whether the houses would sell and other issues.

Doon Valley Councillor Drew Filson said: “It is a good news story for the area and the infrastructure is there with the schools and GPs. And there will be a developer contribution back to the community, which may bring a new swing park.”

A supporting statement lodged on behalf of the developer said: “The hope is that these houses will attract young families back into Patna, and to provide bungalow housing – suitable for all ages and for retirement as well, so that the housing is flexible for all needs.”

The caravan park closed in 2010.

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