Dollar Community Masterplan, Clackmannanshire
The Paul Hogarth Company led an innovative masterplanning process for the expansion of Dollar, a historic village in central Scotland. The project stemmed from an earlier appointment to prepare a regeneration plan for the village, during which the locally emotive subject of population growth was explored. This led to the formation of a unique partnership between three landowners, the Community Council and the Local Authority to prepare a Masterplan to inform the Local Development Plan and subsequent planning applications.
Great care was required to bring forward a scheme that would be acceptable to the local population, as well as being environmentally sensitive and commercially viable. Our team studied the existing landscape and townscape in detail to identify the constituent elements of Dollar’s distinctive character. These were then used to inform proposals, resulting in an extension of the town’s Georgian grid layout and a strong network of green infrastructure.
The resultant masterplan incorporates over 500 residential units, a new primary school, large sports centre and public park. It was accompanied by a design code to inform the development of individual phases, based on core principles of urban design while allow flexibility for creative responses.
The masterplan was well received locally, used to inform the adopted Development Plan and now forms the basis for phased delivery.