An appeal for the Scottish Government to call in the controversial Gilbertfield housing development in Cambuslang has been rejected.
The government last week confirmed it would not examine South Lanarkshire Council’s handling of the Persimmon Homes planning application for 386 houses on land off Gilbertfield Road.
The development was approved by South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee on March 28 despite a 1,300-strong petition calling for it to be thrown out.
Residents complained local roads, schools, nurseries and medical centres could not cope with a development of that scale.
But an official writing on behalf of Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing, said he would not intervene in the case because it was not of national importance.
He said: “It is, primarily, for the planning authority to fully consider the merits, or otherwise, of a planning application in light of the policies contained in the relevant development plan.
“Ministers would only consider calling-in an application for their determination where, in their view, the actual proposal raised issues of genuine national interest.
“Having considered the information available, we do not consider there to be any grounds to merit call-in of this particular planning application for decision at a national level.”
Cambuslang-based planner Dave Sutton and Stephen Towill, who led the community fight against the development, both called on the government to intervene.
The pair raised a number of concerns with the minister including the council’s passing of a 386-house development, for
CampaignStephen Towill (right) attended the planning meeting earlier this year with Councillor Walter Brogan