Are ancient Craigton Woods in Milngavie under threat?

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Mains Estate residents claim that ancient woodland in Milngavie is under threat because Cala Homes wants to build there.

The housebuilder has submitted a pre-application notice to East Dunbartonshire Council for its proposals for a new housing development at Craigton Road.

And it is holding a public consultation event to give people the first glimpse of its initial plans for the site and get feedback from the public at the event in Milngavie Town Hall on Wednesday, May 14 from 11am to 6.30pm.

In a website blog, Mains Estate Residents Association (MERA) said: “This ancient woodland is under threat from development again.

“Cala Homes has submitted a proposal for a residential development of private detached houses over the entire section of Craigton Woods from Hunter Road to the service road for Douglas Academy.”

Rona Hooper, secretary of MERA, said: “Residents are very worried about this.

“Craigton Woods is used a lot by runners, dog walkers and children who play there.

“It’s protected by several tree preservation orders and it’s a wildlife corridor.

“I’d urge everyone to go along to this meeting to make their views heard.”

Tony Rankin, land director for Cala Homes (West), said: “We are looking forward to speaking to local residents and hearing their views on our proposed development.

“The proceedings are at a very early stage, however the development will meet the needs of the local community by increasing housing provision in the town. ”

Cala will also be providing land for affordable housing as part of the development.

It says it will consider all feedback from the local consultation event before the final detailed planning application is submitted to East Dunbartonshire Council in June.

For more information and to submit feedback, visit by May 28, 2014.

Or go to or East Dunbartonshire Council’s website search for Craigton Road in the planning application page.