Crook of Devon & Drum

Crook of Devon and Drum - Main Issues Report Housing Proposals

The following map shows where Perth & Kinross Council is proposing new housing in the Main Issues Report.

*Please note that the map incorrectly indicates that the garden of Duanbrig on Naemoor Road is part of the area for proposed housing. This is not the case and is an error on Perth & Kinross Council's map in the Main Issues Report.


Crook of Devon & Drum Development Strategy

The maps below show the extent of development the community would feel comfortable with as compared to the development that the house building industry would like to see.

What the Developers Want

The map below shows all the sites that developers want to build on.


What the Community Says is Acceptable

The map below and the commentary in the key show the views of the community as voted for at public meetings, via questionnaire responses and through representations to the Fossoway Community Strategy Group.


Map Key


Crook of Devon & Drum Submission

The following is an extract from Councillor Mike Barnacle's submission to the council dated 28 July 2010.

When I wrote to you in July 2006, our greatest criticism of the DTA related to the assessment for Crook of Devon & Drum, feeling that in that regard it was a deeply flawed document. It is therefore not surprising that the SG’s changes to the DTA are significant. Under paragraph 3.4.8 of that letter on issues to be considered we felt that ‘On the whole, the village has little scope for further development without a major change in character, which the SG would not support, we also have a strong reluctance to the loss of any village setting allocations’.
There is continuing concern at the significant growth in the village, reflected in para 3.4 of our Local Plan aforementioned highlighting the highest expansion in Kinross-shire between 1981 & 1991 at Crook of Devon/Drum of 41.7%. This concern is further heightened in the growth of development sector submissions between SG meetings on 19/11/09 (7 residential sites) and 24/2/10 (13 sites). In this regard, you will not be surprised that we have only made minor changes to the 31/8/09 submission.

In specific response to the many development proposals submitted I would summarise the position as follows viz:-
In accord with revised SG map and not opposed

01/9047 at Sunnyside (CD7 assessment area).
02/9047 at Schiehallion (the only submission at the time of the public meeting on 4/3/10 that I had the courtesy of receiving full
details of).
04/9076 at Muirfield Hatchery – current planning exists.
05/9090 Lendrick Muir – we note the constraints per Euan’s letter of 9/11/09 and reiterate that any development should respect the
space between Lendrick & Crook of Devon (part of CD14).
10/9273 Former fish farm (CD11 on SG map); proposal should consider provision of footpath link from the Inn to the School, off
15/9076 Crook Moss – community access to parts of this lowland bog is supported, a site under Policy 22 of Local Plan. Within
CD3 of SG & DTA; not appropriate for development but recent concern that part of the site has been
acquired with that intention (letter to planning from C.C. on 7th June 2010)

Not in accord with revised SG map and opposed (reasons stated)
03/9047 below Knockintinny - currently arable field, a prominent village setting site with potential flood risk to the south.
03/9147 North of Scout Camp – currently arable field, within AGLV and well outside current and suggested village envelope.
04/5213 Monarch Deer Park – currently important village setting gateway to be retained, flood risk identified (see previous
correspondence on this Naemoor Road Site).
09/9273 North of Back Crook – currently arable fields within AGLV, development would destroy the linear nature of the historic
Back Crook (note my submission of 30/6/09 on re-examining conservation area status here).
11/9076 Institute field. A late submission that could accommodate about 60 houses on 3.24 hectares, the site floods at the eastern
end. I received an earlier proposal in June 2007 that did not find favour. Site contrary to CD3 per SG &
12/13 & 14/9076 Three late submissions for sites south of the old railway line and footpath along the woodland edge of the
current village that could accommodate about 175 houses. Not in accord with SG or DTA. Should only
countenance development south of the village if a by-pass feasible but this not proposed.
16/9076 A general development site proposed for future planning gain that I have no details of; it currently houses installation
connected with Drum WWTP.
17/9076 North of Drum Park for 10 houses – contrary to CD6 per SG & DTA, doesn’t fit linear development of Drum and site
contains pylon line.

As you will gather we are strongly opposed to the level of development proposals put forward with no indication that the landowners have engaged in the spirit of para 5.20 of the Local Plan, despite many opportunities to do so. There are no proposals for CD4 assessment area so we have withdrawn this as an area for development potential.,
All development proposals east of the High Street involve the Gairney/Lochleven Catchment but I understand there is only minimal additional capacity in the recently completed Drum WWTP. The Drum area is subject to periodic heavy flooding and I would like to set up a ditch/watercourse management scheme with the help of PKC, landowners, Scottish Water and SEPA.

Drum History

Drum is the smallest settlement. There are many place names in Scotland that have ‘drum’ or a similar word in them. ‘Drum’ means ‘ridge’, or ‘spine’. Just outside Drum is the Castle of Tullibole, belonging to the Moncrieff family. ‘Tulli’ is derived from the word ‘tullach’, meaning ‘hill’. Tullibole is said to mean ‘the hill of danger’. The castle is an early 17th century’s laird’s house, but there was probably an earlier house on the same site or close by. The Parish of Tullibole, one of the oldest in Scotland, was granted in 1217. 1614 the Parish of Fossoway was combined with the Parish of Tullibole, and the church was demolished.

The remains of the church (only earthen banks are left) are still visible in the churchyard on the Gelvan Road. Lord and Lady Moncrieff have started to plant a ‘Witches Maze’, commemorating one of Scotland’s darker eras. In 1662 11 women from the immediate area were tried and found guilty of witchcraft, during one of Scotland’s witch crazes. They were all strangled just outside Crook of Devon. The Maze is intended to be a monument for those women. The churchyard and the maze are accessible to the public.

Crook of Devon History

Crook of Devon is the next village on the A977. It is called so because the River Devon makes a series of sharp bends (a shepherd’s crook). Crook of Devon is the largest settlement of Fossoway and boasts a well-attended Primary School, a church and a post office/ shop. In the 17th century this was a place where cattle fairs were held. Crook of Devon was one of the main places on the route of the drovers. The river Devon was instrumental for the establishment of several mills. A watermill can still be seen in the fabric shop on the left when coming in from Kinross.

The Church in the centre of the village was built in 1729 and is situated on elevated ground. The churchyard around the church contains one of the few ‘Hearse Houses’ left in Scotland. Crook of Devon used to have a railway station on the Devon Valley Line, running from Kinross to Alloa. It was closed in 1964.

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