The Athron Hill site provides a rare opportunity to create an exemplar contemporary community, based on the traditions and integrity of historic rural settlements. The site lies on the upper slopes of the eastern Ochils, north-west of Milnathort, and covers the grounds of the former Ochil Hills Hospital, which was built in 1902 as a tuberculosis sanatorium. The project envisages the creation of thirty-five detached homes with majestic views south to Loch Leven, the Lomond Hills and the Pentlands beyond.
The housing plots will sit on a south-facing slope in a mature woodland setting, and within a wider parkland landscape. It is envisaged that the houses will enhance and exploit the abundant natural advantages of the site including the existing pond, woodland, waterways, fields and reservoir. Unlike standard volume house-builder developments, the design strategy for each housing plot is to exploit the available views whilst harnessing the potential of the southerly aspect of the site to form large south-facing gardens.
The approach is to create a built environment with good design and place-making at its heart, which has in-built flexibility of house type by allowing individual home owners input into the design of his or her own home.