An­other 1,200 houses could be built on green­belt

Builders want land des­ig­nated for homes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Edel Ke­nealy

A fur­ther 1,200 houses could be built on green­belt land in Cam­bus­lang in the com­ing years, should pro­pos­als to the new Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan (LDP) be agreed.

Developers have sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­quest­ing a large site off West­burn Road is des­ig­nated for res­i­den­tial use.

It in­cludes a pro­posal to build 90 houses on what is cur­rently agri­cul­tural land at Hall­side New House Farm.

But the Re­former un­der­stands that should all 40.82 hectares of the iden­ti­fied site be des­ig­nated for res­i­den­tial use, other developers could also sub­mit plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to build there. The site could in to­tal ac­com­mo­date more than 1,200 new homes. The pro­posal was in­cluded in the coun­cil’s up­dated Main Is­sues Re­port - a key doc­u­ment in the prepa­ra­tion of the 2019 LDP. It seeks to iden­tify dif­fer­ent ways in which land can be used in the fu­ture. The im­por­tance of land des­ig­na­tion in Cam­bus­lang be­came hugely im­por­tant ear­lier this year when plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for 386 homes on green­belt land off Gil­bert­field Road. De­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from lo­cals, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil gave builders the go-ahead be­cause the land had been des­ig­nated for res­i­den­tial use in the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

Steven Tow­ill, who lead the fight against the Gil­bert­field de­vel­op­ment, said: “That’s what got Gil­bert­field passed, the LDP adopted in 2015 and it was hard to chal­lenge that.

“The peo­ple that live around there, un­less they want their roads and schools over­flow­ing, they need to chal­lenge this be­fore it be­comes part of the LDP.

“It is open for con­sul­ta­tion just now, so it’s worth chal­leng­ing.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil was asked if des­ig­nat­ing the 40.82 hectares at Ne­w­house Farm for res­i­den­tial use would pave the way for other developers to build at Ne­w­house Farm.

It did not an­swer. di­rectly but Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, said: “No de­ci­sions will be made on which sites to iden­tify for de­vel­op­ment un­til the out­come of the cur­rent con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise has been con­sid­ered and as­sessed.

“These sites are as­sessed on a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing land­scape and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, the avail­abil­ity of in­fra­struc­ture such as wa­ter and sew­er­age, flood risk, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and im­pact on the road net­work, with a view to de­cid­ing which can be con­sid­ered to ac­cord with the coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

“Those sites con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate to take for­ward for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion will be iden­ti­fied in the pro­posed Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan which will be pub­lished later this year or early next year.

“The pro­posed plan must then be sub­ject to a fur­ther pe­riod of public con­sul­ta­tion, with any rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­ceived be­ing as­sessed and con­sid­ered first by the coun­cil and there­after by the Scot­tish min­is­ters.”

Peo­ple have un­til Au­gust 18 to com­ment on the Main Is­sues Re­port.

Gil­bert­field The LDP was cru­cial in Stephen’s un­suc­cess­ful fight to save the green belt

Ru­ral Fields on ei­ther side of Calder Road are pro­posed for res­i­den­tial use

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