Plan vow

Res­i­dents to scour pro­posed lo­cal devel­op­ment plan

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents have vowed to scour the pro­posed 2019 lo­cal devel­op­ment plan to en­sure the “Gil­bert­field hous­ing mis­take” is never made again.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for 386 homes to be built on Gil­bert­field last week de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents have vowed to scour the pro­posed 2019 lo­cal devel­op­ment plan to en­sure the “Gil­bert­field hous­ing mis­take” is never made again.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for 386 homes to be built on Gil­bert­field last week de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The devel­op­ment by Per­sim­mon Homes was ap­proved af­ter plan­ning of­fi­cials at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said the area had pre­vi­ously been des­ig­nated for hous­ing in the 2015 lo­cal devel­op­ment plan.

But that plan is cur­rently be­ing up­dated and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents say they will re­view the pro­pos­als with a fine tooth comb to en­sure ar­eas des­ig­nated for hous­ing are in-keep­ing with their am­bi­tions for the fu­ture.

The two com­mu­nity coun­cils for the town - Half­way and Cam­bus­lang - are hold­ing a spe­cial joint meet­ing tonight, Wed­nes­day, to dis­cuss the Main Is­sues Re­port. This is the first pub­lished doc­u­ment in the process of pre­par­ing the new plan and sets out how land could be used in the fu­ture.

Jackie Rinn, sec­re­tary of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “The aim of the meet­ing is to dis­cuss the Main Is­sues Re­port which is out for con­sul­ta­tion.

“The com­mu­nity has been led to be­lieve that at the plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing last week, the plan­ning of­fi­cer said hous­ing is on the lo­cal devel­op­ment plan and so Gil­bert­field should be passed. So is it a case that ev­ery­thing in the lo­cal devel­op­ment plan will go through de­spite peo­ple’s views?

“We want to re­view the Main Is­sues Re­port to en­sure what hap­pened with Gil­bert­field never hap­pens again.”

Feed­back on the Main Is­sues Re­port will be taken into ac­count be­fore the next lo­cal devel­op­ment plan is ap­proved and adopted in 2019.

Coun­cil­lor Hugh Dun­smuir, chair­man of South La­nark­shire’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, said: “The Main Is­sues Re­port is not a draft ver­sion of the new plan and no de­ci­sions will be made at this stage of the process.

“We are merely set­ting out op­tions for deal­ing with the main is­sues it out­lines and how they might be han­dled in the SLLDP2, iden­ti­fy­ing, for ex­am­ple, where it may be ap­pro­pri­ate for the coun­cil to change or re­view poli­cies.

“Es­sen­tially the main pur­pose of the MIR is to al­low early com­ment from in­ter­ested par­ties on how the coun­cil could ad­dress the key mat­ters that have been iden­ti­fied through con­sul­ta­tion.”

The joint meet­ing of Half­way and Cam­bus­lang com­mu­nity coun­cils will take place tonight, Wed­nes­day, at Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church at 7pm.

To take part in the Main Is­sues Re­port con­sul­ta­tion log on to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s web­site or at­tend a lo­cal li­brary. The con­sul­ta­tion closes on May 12.

Leader Stephen Tow­ill, who led the fight against the devel­op­ment, was sup­ported by Cam­bus­lang’s com­mu­nity coun­cils

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