Court ac­tion threat over Jor­dan­hill hous­ing plan

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The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

MARTIN WIL­LIAMS

More than 40 per cent of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will be given over to park­land, play­ing fields and chil­dren’s play ar­eas. New pub­lic ac­cess will be cre­ated and peo­ple will be en­cour­aged to use its paths to walk and cy­cle, get­ting them out of their cars, he said.

But he also ar­gued the pro­pos­als “sup­port Glas­gow’s wider eco­nomic strat­egy”.

An im­pact study car­ried out by con­sul­tants Peter Brett As­so­ciates for Cala claimed the de­vel­op­ment would cre­ate al­most 200 jobs.

The con­struc­tion would con­trib­ute more than £5m to the Glas­gow econ­omy, while the de­vel­op­ment’s 400 homes would raise an ex­tra £1.3m in coun­cil tax to spend on pub­lic ser­vices in the city.

But Pro­fes­sor John Win­field, chair­man of Jor­dan­hill Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said the court pe­ti­tion is based on wor­ries the in­flux of house­hold­ers would ex­ac­er­bate ex­ist­ing traf­fic and ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sion is­sues. He also said there was a “lack of at­ten­tion” to the his­tory of the area.

He said: “No­body in Jor­dan­hill is against any de­vel­op­ment. It has a long his­tory. All those are rea­sons for pre­serv­ing it rather than let it be sac­ri­ficed to the van­dals, which is what will hap­pen if it is left. We had as­sur­ances from the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde when they were the own­ers of the site, they val­ued the re­la­tion­ships with the Jor­dan­hill res­i­dents and wanted to see these con­tinue.

“What we want is recog­ni­tion from the city and Cala that the com­mu­nity has a right to be in­volved in the pro­cesses that lead up to the de­vel­op­ment be­ing put in place.

“We would like to have a con­struc­tive di­a­logue with the city and with Cala and there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of that hap­pen­ing. Un­der the plans as pub­lished by Cala, there is no in­volve­ment of the com­mu­nity at all. .”

The site, owned by the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde, was from 1913-93 home to Jor­dan­hill Col­lege where close to 200,000 AN Ed­in­burgh butcher has taken home a cov­eted prize – for mak­ing the best steak pies in Scot­land.

James An­der­son’s pies im­pressed the judges with the right “steak to gravy ra­tio” and the per­fect, crumbly crust.

More than 250 pies from through­out the coun­try were put to the test be­fore the win­ner was crowned at the

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