Emer­gency meeting on Half­way hous­ing bid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A pub­lic meeting was held in Half­way last night (Tues­day) as res­i­dents vowed to fight pro­pos­als for fur­ther mass house build­ing in the area.

Hosted by Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, the meeting was to discuss a de­vel­oper’s pro­posal to have a large site off West­burn Road des­ig­nated for res­i­den­tial use.

It in­cludes a plan to build 90 houses on what is cur­rently agri­cul­tural land at Hall­side New House Farm, but states that around 1,200 could be ac­com­mo­dated on the avail­able 40.82 hectares.

The pro­posal was in­cluded in South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s up­dated Main Is­sues Re­port - a key doc­u­ment in the prepa­ra­tion of the 2019 Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Cur­rently out for con­sul­ta­tion, it seeks to iden­tify dif­fer­ent ways in which land can be used in the fu­ture.

Speak­ing be­fore the Re­former went to press Stephen Tow­ill, of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said:“With the con­stant de­vel­op­ment that is hap­pen­ing in the Cambuslang area, it is im­por­tant that all newly pro­posed de­vel­op­ments are chal­lenged un­til ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture is ad­dressed in­clud­ing schools, roads, doc­tors, gen­eral fa­cil­i­ties and recre­ational ar­eas.

“Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil called a pub­lic meeting to al­low res­i­dents of the New­ton and gen­eral Cambuslang area to discuss their feel­ings and views and help the com­mu­nity pre­pare com­ments to be made to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan Main Is­sues Re­port.”

A re­port on the meeting will be in next week’s Re­former.

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