The widow of former world rally champion Colin McRae has won a battle to create a luxury housing development next to family’s mansion near where her husband and son died.
McRae, 39, was tragically killed when his helicopter crashed near the grounds of his home in Lanark in September 2007.
His five-year-old son Johnny and his son’s friend Ben Porcelli, aged six, also died along with family friend Graeme Duncan, 37.
His widow Alison, 49, had applied for permission for a multi-million pound estate on land next to the family home.
Colin McRae’s widow Alison is planning to turn a piece on land on their estate into houses
Planning documents state the land being turned into homes is current derelict
The land, near Lanark, will be turned into 16 houses, despite come concerns from locals
Mrs McRae lodged plans with bosses at South Lanarkshire Council last year to try and turn land previously used by a fruit and vegetable packing company into 16 large house plots.
Despite objections from two neighbours who had concerns over traffic, the plans have now been given the green light by the local authority on the condition Mrs McRae makes a £24,000 payment to be used for community facilities.
In a report, council planning officials said: ‘The applicant seeks detailed planning permission for the formation of 16 house plots orientated around three cul-de-sacs.
‘The site is dereclict and overgrown and detracts from the landscape character and the amenity of nearby residents.
‘On balance, the redevelopment of the site would greatly enhance the environmental quality of the area and would integrate the landscape character of the area.’.
A design statement, submitted on Mrs McRae’s behalf, read: ‘The proposal comprises the formation of 16 serviced house plots on a site extending to approximately 1.9 hectares at Bellefield Road, Lanark.’
McRae, a former world rally champion, tragically died in a 2007 helicopter crash on the estate
His five-year-old son Johnny (left) and his son’s friend Ben Porcelli (right), aged six, also died
In 2013, council bosses granted Mrs McRae permission for nine homes at the site but building work never started.
And in 2010, planning chiefs turned down her plans to build a new home three miles from her current property after ruling they breached regulations. That proposal saw objections with one neighbour fearing the development would damage her property.
Following the crash in 2007, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that the cause of the accident was ‘not positively determined’.
However, a fatal accident inquiry at Lanark Sheriff Court saw Sheriff Nikola Stewart rule the crash happened because McRae carried out unnecessary low-level manoeuvres.
McRae was the the 1995 world rally champion. He won 25 rallies and was on the podium in 42.
Alison and Colin had two children together, a daughter Holly and their son Johnny