Plan to open up 14 greenbelt sites in East Dunbartonshire for housing

Residents campaigning against CALA Homes' housing plans on greenbelt site at Birdston Road, one of the sites Scottish Government advisers say should be freed up for development.

Residents campaigning against CALA Homes' housing plans on greenbelt site at Birdston Road, one of the sites Scottish Government advisers say should be freed up for development.

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Scottish Government advisers want a number of greenbelt sites in East Dunbartonshire to be opened up to housing developers.

The council says it is “extremely disappointed” that Reporters appointed by the government say 14 sites, primarily on greenbelt land, should be included in the Local Development Plan for planning applications.

The sites are in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Torrance, Milngavie, Bearsden, Balmore, Milton of Campsie and Lennoxtown.

The Reporters have also advised three sites earmarked for development be removed.

The recommendations come after the Reporters scrutinised the latest five-year Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP), submitted by the council to Scottish Ministers back in December. It sets out a land-use strategy for the area which will be used to determine planning applications.

Councillor Billy Hendry, Depute Leader of the council, said: “The LDP is a vital document and crucial to the environment, economy and aspirations of East Dunbartonshire - providing opportunities, as well as guidance and protection.

“Once adopted, East Dunbartonshire’s LDP will guide the future use of land, set out proposals for development - including new housing sites, which we are duty-bound to identify - and provide the framework for dealing with planning applications.

“Whilst the Reporters generally support the approach we are taking, it’s extremely disappointing that they have released an additional 14 sites – primarily from the greenbelt – for housing.

“We will now study the detail around the Reporters’ decisions regarding housing, particularly as regards the release of additional sites, prior to submitting our proposed LDP.”

Councillor Hendry added that a delicate balance needed to be struck between development and protecting the environment.

The council now has three months to consider the examination report and submit a proposed LDP for adoption to the Scottish Government.

Officers are currently preparing a detailed report which will be brought before a full council meeting.

The 14 additional sites which are mainly recommended for a mix of private and affordable properties are: Balmore Garden Nursery Balmore (10 properties);

Birnam Crescent, Bearsden (20); Castlehill Farm, Bearsden (7); Crofthead, Bishopbriggs (33); Fire Station Field, Milngavie (20); Braes O’ Yetts

Kirkintilloch; Chryston Road, Kirkintilloch (35); Duntiblae, Kirkintilloch (13); Greens Avenue, Kirkintilloch (32); Lennoxlea, Lennoxtown (53); Lenzie Hospital (65); Birdston Road, Milton of Campsie (53), Acre Valley Nursery, Torrance (10) and West Carlston Garden Centre, Torrance (25).

The three removed from the list are: Alloway Terrace, Kirkintilloch; South of Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch and Redmoss Farm, Milton of Campsie.

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