Residents raise fears for greenbelt land

BEARSDEN. Kessington Farm Fields.
BEARSDEN. Kessington Farm Fields.

More than 50 concerned Bearsden residents attended a public meeting about plans to build new houses on greenbelt land.

The meeting, organised by Bearsden East Community Councilin Kessington Hall last Thursday, was called following major concerns about developer Mansell Homes proposal to build 80 homes on a site at Kessington Farm, close to Boclair Academy, and adjacent to Inveroran Drive.

Lesley Coggins, secretary of the community council said they had asked a representative from Mansell Homes to attend on more than one occasion, but no-one was available to come along.

A planning application is currently being considered by East Dunbartonshire Council and recommendations for either acceptance or refusal will be put before councillors at a future planning meeting.

Mrs Coggins said the community council had called the meeting to discuss the various issues with residents and would take these concerns on board at their next meeting when they will decide formally if they are going to object to the development, agree with the plans as they stand, or accept the proposal with alterations.

Mrs Coggins said: “It was a very interesting meeting and a number of issues were raised such as building on greenbelt land, drainage problems, local traffic and access, and impact on school rolls.

“The community council will base its formal response to the application on local feed-back and on the submitted plans, but we are concerned that not all the relevant online documents can currently be downloaded from the EDC website.

“To facilitate access to the plans by residents, EDC planning officers have made the original documents available in Brookwood Library, in addition to the planning office in Kirkintilloch.”

Mansell Homes say the proposed housing development would include the planting of a new community woodland and wetlands drainage system to increase biodiversity.

The developers also claim that 25 per cent of the houses built will be affordable and that they have already held a number of meetings.