Knockroon development receives first phase planning permission

First phase planning permission has been received by HRH The Prince of Wales for the Knockroon estate and construction is likely to begin in the spring.

The Knockroon site lies on the outskirts of the town of Cumnock. The land at Knockroon was bought by the Prince’s Charities Foundation at the time of the acquisition of Dumfries House in 2007.  It was acquired as part of Prince Charles' plan to use saving the House and its collection to help with the regeneration of the local area, what Prince Charles often refers to as ‘heritage-led regeneration’. He intervened at the eleventh hour to prevent the separation of the Dumfries House from its important collection of 18th century furniture.

The development at Knockroon is being undertaken as part of The Prince’s vision for heritage-led regeneration in the area.  We designed the masterplan which is for mixed use including housing (around 600 units), retail, commercial, workshops and open space with a network of footpaths. A portion of the overall site has been allocated for education purposes and community facilities.   The first phase of the mixed-use development consists of 72 houses, 15 flats and four commercial units, including a convenience store, as well as 12 workshops and associated infrastructure.

The Prince’s Foundation CEO, Hank Dittmar, said:

“It is fantastic that the vision will soon become a reality. The development has received encouraging support from the local community who engaged with the planning process at every stage. The project will be a leading example of sustainable development, as well as acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the local area.”


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