February 2018


Welcome to the February Newsletter
After January's news that the 3b planning application for the Old Showfield had been refused, 3b have wasted no time submitting a new application, which is the same as the old one.  More details below.

Our Housing Needs Survey is now live and plans are underway for public engagement events.  We need to get as many people as possible involved in the survey, so please spread the word.  Details of how to get the survey online or in paper format are included below.

Old Showfield

3b have submitted a new planning application of the Old Showfield, which is for the same number of houses as the previous application, and looks to be exactly the same.

Full details of the application can be found on the Council's planning website at: Click on the option to SEARCH PLANNING APPLICATIONS and after confirming acceptance of the terms and conditions use the following application code to find the full details: 18/0149/FUL

3b Construction proposes to build 43 houses with associated roads, parking,
landscaping, etc. Their earlier application was refused due to lack of submission of some supplementary information. They have now re-submitted, the same proposal, but with a little more detail on elevations and large vehicle access; there is still very little information on the affordable housing element.

The Library should have a copy of the application as well. D&G Council will make a decision about this application in the next few months.

Anyone is entitled to have their say about this.
Speak to your D&GC Councillors.
Write to the Planning Department by March 14th at or
Planning Dept., D&G Council, Kirkbank, English Street, Dumfries DG1 2HS.

Old BANK of SCOTLAND Building

We are currently seeking to commission a project architect, structural engineer and quantity surveyor to enable us to appraise the property on the basis of community use on the ground floor and community-owned affordable housing on the upper floors.

We have been working with the support of DGSCHT relative to the community-led housing proposals and as a result of this, we have attained a Feasibility Funding Award from the Scottish Government’s Rural Housing Fund.  This award will be used to fund this commission and relates to the residential elements of the project.

Also in tandem, WBCI are working on a Stage One application to the Scottish Land Fund relative to the acquisition of the property.  As part of this exercise, we will intend to commission a broader Business Plan and Community Engagement Strategy relative to our plans for the Community Use element of the property / our proposals, as well as a separate piece of design work relative to the community space and a structural condition survey.  

Wigtown area Housing Needs Survey

We are working with Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust on a Wigtown & Bladnoch Housing needs survey.  This will tell us how important more housing is for the town, and what sort of housing is needed.  Look out for posters around the town announcing sessions for people to share their thoughts.

The online and paper surveys are available NOW and you can find a link to the survey on our website

Paper copies of the survey are available from Machars Action, where they should be returned after completion..


Meet our Director

This month we would like to introduce Matt Kitson.  Matt joined W&BCI because he wants to see more opportunities and support for fledgling enterprises in particular around ICT and  local businesses being able to exploit the wider markets offered by the internet.


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