Rugby club casts major doubt over Kilmardinny development

PLANS for the massive Kilmardinny housing development could be stopped in their tracks . . . after West of Scotland Rugby Club called foul.

In a bombshell move, West bosses say they don’t want Cala to use their land as part of a controversial scheme to build more than 500 homes between Bearsden and Milngavie.

They had previously agreed to play ball with the house builders - but they now say they don’t want anything to do with the project.

West have formally objected to planning moves by Cala which could have signalled the beginning of construction work.

Instead, the club point out they have a new agreement with Waitrose to redevelop one of their pitches - in return for a new, state-of-the-art facility.

West’s move could have serious repercussions for the Kilmardinny development - which would also see the creation of a railway station and a new Allander Leisure centre.

The Herald understands that West’s land accounts for up to 40 per cent of the entire developable area.

In the club’s letter of objection to East Dunbartonshire planners, they state: ”We are free from any commitment to dispose of our land to Cala for housing purposes, with the historical agreement having lapsed in 2010. The proposals by Cala... cannot be delivered as proposed.

“We are supportive of the proposal to develop our land to include a Waitrose and an enhanced rugby pitch.

“This is a more appropriate outcome for the club as it addresses our deeply held desire to remain at our present location in Milngavie.”

Cala said West’s objections are a “matter for the council to consider.”