THE WAIT­ING GAME

Wishaw Press - - HOUSING PLANS - Ross Thom­son

The fate of a ma­jor hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Morn­ing­side will be de­cided at a full plan­ning hear­ing.

A de­ci­sion had been due on the fate of the 92 home ap­pli­ca­tion at coun­cil head­quar­ters last week.

NLC plan­ners had given the go ahead to the pro­pos­als but now lo­cals will be able to have their say at the forth­com­ing hear­ing.

Morn­ing­side coun­cil­lor Clare Quigley said: “The meeting was a bit of an an­ti­cli­max but I am pleased there will be a full plan­ning hear­ing be­cause it means the lo­cal res­i­dents will be able to have their say.

“It’s far more demo­cratic and it means the res­i­dents them­selves can put their case for­ward.”

Ap­pli­cant Robert Hill had ap­pealed to the Scot­tish Govern­ment af­ter North La­nark­shire Coun­cil threw out orig­i­nal plans back in 2015.

The appeal was re­jected af­ter con­cerns re­gard­ing the sewage sys­tem and that the new homes would have a colos­sal im­pact on the nearby Morn­ing­side Pri­mary as well as be­ing built on green­belt land.

Over 60 res i d e nt s have al­ready sub­mit­ted their ob­jec­tions to the pro­pos­als.

Last month it was re­vealed that the land, for­merly green­belt, has now been re- zoned for hous­ing in the coun­cil’s new Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan.

In­de­pen­dent Morn­ing­side coun­cil­lor Tommy Cochrane has re­vealed he re­mains un­sure about the pro­pos­als.

He said: “I want to lis­ten to what is be­ing said from both sides.

“I have made en­quiries about the sewage prob­lems but the big thing for me is the im­pact on the school.

“Morn­ing­side badly needs a new school and that will be a big sway for me.

“I wasn’t able to speak at the meeting last week and there are no coun­cil­lors from our ward on that sub­com­mit­tee. “That needs to change. “Lo­cal mem­bers wouldn’t have been able to have their say on an im­por­tant lo­cal is­sue and that isn’t right.”

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