First chance to see Kilmardinny house building plans

People will get their first chance to see Cala Homes’ plans for a huge housing development between Milngavie and Bearsden.

The housebuilder will stage a public exhibition of its plans

for the former bus garage site in KiImardinny on Tuesday, October 8.

This will give people the first glimpse of Cala’s intentions - which have been a source of controversy since they were first mooted several years ago.

Taking place at the Allander Leisure centre from 2.15pm – 8pm, representatives from Cala will be available to share visuals and speak to visitors about the mix of houses and apartments that are being been proposed as part of this phase of the development.

Cala wants to build 135 new homes across the 9.2 acre bus garage site to, it says, “accommodate the needs of a range of buyers from a variety of market sectors.”

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

The housebuilder hopes that a planning decision will be made by East Dunbartonshire Council by the end of 2013 and should consent be granted, it will commence construction in spring 2014, allowing the first residents to move in by around Christmas 2014.

Andy Mitchell, Land Director for Cala Homes (West), said: “We are looking forward to sharing our vision for the bus garage site with the community surrounding Kilmardinny.

“We are proposing a broad mix of homes to suit a range of homebuyers and, all going well, the first residents will move in by Christmas 2014.

“The team from Cala will be on hand throughout the day to talk through the plans for the development, so we would welcome anyone looking to find out more to join us on October 8.”

Proposals for the development of the ‘Kilmardinny strip’ between Milngavie and Bearsden have been a source of contention for years.

Initially it was proposed that up to 550 houses would be built on the land, leading to protests and subsequent enquiries about the impact this would have on the surrounding area.

Cala sees the proposed bus garage site - on land it already owns - as a ‘phase’ of this development.

Issues surrounding future phases and the relocation and rebuilding of the Allander Leisure centre and the creation of a new train station to accommodate to development have still to be resolved.