Builders reveal their vision for bus depot site

Plans for the housing development
Plans for the housing development

More than 70 residents got their first glimpse of CALA Home’s vision for the former Bearsden bus garage site at a recent display.

The public exhibition, held in the Allander Leisure Centre on Tuesday last week, was hosted by CALA to give people an opportunity to speak to them about the site and the mix of houses/apartments that they hope to offer.

Residents were shown the specific plans of the proposed layout for the site and artist impressions of the houses.

Many questions were raised about the different types of houses that will be on offer and the proposed timescale for work to start.

Visitors were also interested to find out about the new public open spaces and play facilities which will be provided, as well as the investment CALA will make to local services and facilities, including funds towards the provision of a new sports centre and road upgrades such as East Dunbartonshire Council’s improvement strategy for the A81 corridor.

CALA’s proposal is to build 135 new homes across the 9.2acre bus garage site, including one, two, three, four and five-bedroom properties.

The mix includes 15 terraces, four semi-detached homes, 27 detached homes and 89 apartments.

Andy Mitchell, land director for CALA Homes (West), said: “The exhibition worked very well in sharing our detailed plans for the former Bearsden bus garage site at Kilmardinny with the community.

“We spoke to every visitor who came along and were able to provide them with a lot of information on the site and the wider development, as well as the benefits to the community.

“The development will offer attractive new homes on a brownfield site that has lain vacant for many years.

“There is a local demand for new, quality housing and the development proposal has been prepared in consultation with the planning department to ensure that it reflects and respects the existing community.”

CALA hope that a planning decision will be made by East Dunbartonshire Council by the end of 2013. Should consent be granted construction will start in spring 2014, allowing the first residents to move in by around Christmas next year.