Growing fears for greenbelt

Kessington Farm fields.

Kessington Farm fields.

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There were growing concerns this week for an area of greenbelt land in Bearsden.

Developers want to build houses on land at Kessington Farm.

The site is included in East Dunbartonshire Council’s Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) for housing. The proposal is currently out for consultation until May 27, which allows people to comment on the plans before they are adopted.

East Dunbartonshire Council has already received a planning application for the site.

Bearsden resident Craig Donaldson said: “Even though the planning application is still ‘under consideration’ it appears the council want to make it as easy as possible for the house builders. It seems that Bearsden is in danger of losing even more greenbelt land.

“This tranquil area will be destroyed by this plan. Let’s stop the erosion of our peaceful Bearsden.

“Once this area is converted, where will they go next? When does it stop?”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at the council, said: “Following significant analysis of housing land requirements across the area, the site was included in the Main Issues Report in 2013 and the subsequent Proposed Plan, published on 1 April 2015.

“A separate planning application was submitted for a residential development with associated access, landscaping and services - on 11 August 2014.”

Mansell Homes want to build 75 houses on the site near Boclair Academy, which is the size of about five football pitches.

They say the housing estate would include a new community woodland and wetlands drainage system to increase biodiversity and 25 per cent of the houses built will be affordable.

Mr Glen added: “The application is still under consideration and will require to be presented to a forthcoming planning board for a decision.

“It’s important to stress that the Proposed LDP is currently subject to a representation period and has therefore not yet been adopted.”

A drop-in session about the LDP is being held in Bearsden Burgh Hall on Monday, May 11, from 3pm to 8pm.

Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/ldp for a copy of the report or pick one up at community hubs, libraries and council buildings. You can also phone the council on 0300 123 4510. Responses can be sent electronically 
or on paper.