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HELICOPTER PADS; Chopper taxi service for posh new houses.

Byline: By Paula Murray

A POSH housing estate is to have its own helicopter taxi service - so high-flying residents can beat Scotland's traffic jams.

Developers Lomond Homes plan to turn a luxury 25-house scheme into the ultimate commuter village.

Its helipad, in the shadow of the Ochil Hills, will house a chopper that can be hired to take residents to work - or even drop them off at the golf course.

A Bell Longranger helicopter, with room for seven passengers and a top speed of 130mph, will be permanently based there.

It will whisk residents from their front door to Glasgow or Edinburgh airports in minutes.

The homes in the former mining village of Solsgirth in Clackmannanshire will have a starting price of more than pounds 500,000 - with some expected to top pounds 1million.

Lomond Homes are confident the taxi service will attract captains of industry to the estate.

Business manager Matt Mulderrig said: "They don't just want to use a helicopter, they need to use one. The people we are targeting are using helicopters every day to get to and from meetings, so this is a logical step.

"These people can't afford to be sitting in a traffic jam on the M8 when they should be in a meeting in London."

Mulderrig said six businessmen - whom he declined to name - had already pledged to buy homes.

He said: "This estate will be unique in Scotland. There is nowhere else offering the same stunning surroundings with a helicopter taxi next door."

The Glenrothes firm lodged a planning application for the development with Clackmannanshire Council this week.

If permission is granted, they hope to begin work on the houses and helipad early next year.


AIR TAXI: An artist's impression of the new houses, left, which will have their own helipad with a Bell Longranger, right, permanently based there
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Oct 7, 2006
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