Concern over plans for new housing in Milngavie

Milngavie fire station, field

Milngavie fire station, field

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Residents are worried about a planning application to build a four storey building near Milngavie fire station.

McCarthy & Stone wants to develop the area of land to the west of the fire station on Craigdhu Road into sheltered retirement housing for people aged over 60.

There would be a single block of three storeys and a split level block of three and four storey buildings with associated landscaping and parking.

This will include a block of 12 affordable housing built by Sanctuary Housing.

One Prestonfield resident, who asked not to be named, attended a recent consultation event organised by the developer and has concerns about their plans.

He is urging people to object to the planning application.

He said: “I object to the height of the building - four storeys will be an eyesore and is not in keeping with the local area.

“The new flats will have direct views into my front bedroom window which will be an invasion of our privacy.

“I would not object to a two storey building.

“I’m also concerned that this development will add considerable traffic to a main artery of our already congested Milngavie.

“I’d urge people with concerns to register them now.

“The planning application is number TP/ED/16/0823 and the deadline for objections is December 27.”

McCarthy & Stone said: “We arrived at the final design after careful consideration of the scale and size of the development, which minimises the impact of the building on nearby neighbours.

“The four storey part of the development is set below the road level, which allows it to sit at compatible heights with neighbouring properties.

“Following consultation feedback we assessed the impact the development will have on Prestonfield residents in particular and found that the dense mix of trees along Craigdhu Burn will obscure the building from view of residents on Prestonfield Road.

“In regards to concerns over traffic, it has been concluded by an independent traffic assessment of the area that the development will not result in any adverse impacts on the local traffic network. We also know from experience that such specialist forms of sheltered housing typically has very low levels of car ownership.”