Site plan scrapped

Com­mu­nity leader says he is ‘de­lighted’ with de­ci­sion

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

COM­MU­NITY lead­ers are cel­e­brat­ing a de­ci­sion they hope has ended plans for a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment “once-and-for-all”.

Stephen Cragg, sec­re­tary of Kirk­ton Com­mu­nity and Safety Part­ner­ship, said he was de­lighted with the out­come of a plan­ning meet­ing at which coun­cil­lors re­jected two fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tions for the 62-house de­vel­op­ment in Gill­burn Road on the former site of Kingspark School.

Mr Cragg said the lat­est de­ci­sion by coun­cil­lors to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tions by Per­sim­mon Homes was very wel­come news for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He said: “These de­ci­sions were bet­ter than we could have hoped for. We now hope this has put a stop to this pro­posed de­vel­op­ment once and for all.

“The ap­pli­cants ob­vi­ously have three months in which to ap­peal the de­ci­sions. How­ever, if they do we will con­tinue our fight to put an end to the de­vel­op­ment.”

Last month, de­vel­op­ers Per­sim­mon Homes had an ap­pli­ca­tion for the houses re­jected by the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

How­ever, pro­pos­als to “fa­cil­i­tate” de­vel­op­ment on the site were be­fore the plan­ning com­mit­tee last night.

The first ap­pli­ca­tion con­cerned the ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the site as well as ex­tend­ing the ex­ist­ing foot­path and the cre­ation of a new foot­path.

The sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion sought to re­grade land to level it off.

How­ever, there were two mo­tions to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tions. These were passed unan­i­mously by the com­mit­tee.

SNP coun­cil­lor Ste­wart Hunter said: “I don’t think we should be con­sid­er­ing ap­prov­ing this when we’ve al­ready re­fused the pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion.”

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son said the ap­pli­ca­tion should be re­jected be­cause it would be detri­men­tal to the site and of no ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

Labour leader Kevin Keenan said: “Per­sim­mon’s ap­pli­ca­tion in­cluded mea­sures aimed at re­duc­ing flood­ing at the site. I have con­cerns that these mea­sures could ac­tu­ally make the flood­ing worse.”

Per­sim­mon had not re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment as the Tele went to press.

The former Kingspark School site, which was ear­marked for hous­ing.

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