All in good time

PUBLIC pressure has extended the deadline by a month on a consultation period regarding the future of East Renfrewshire.

Many people criticised ERC for lack of transparency regarding its main issues report, which could see as many as 7,000 new houses being built within the local authority in the next 25 years.

East Renfrewshire’s planning applications convener, councillor Ian McAlpine, encouraged residents and businesses to have their say.

He said: “We want to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to comment on this important document.

“That’s why we have extended the original 12 week consultation period by an extra month”.

“The main issues report is a blueprint for the council’s planning service by setting out the broad distribution of new homes, jobs and services in the area.

A council spokesman dismissed any allegations that ERC were anything but forthcoming with details of its consultation.

He told The Extra: “The consultation was launched in October 2011. A dedicated consultation page was set up at with relevant documents and links included.

“Public notice’s were displayed in local newspapers and copies of the consultation documents were placed at council offices and libraries across East Renfrewshire.

“The council’s planning service organised public displays and wrote to more than 200 consultees including all community councils to let them know about the consultation starting at the beginning of October.’’

Eleanor Johnston, secretary for Newton Mearns community council, said: “The community will now have a longer time within which to increase awareness of the threats posed by the MIR and gives us all a chance to submit comprehensive objections”.

“We are also pleased to have received assurances, from ERC, that should Taylor Wimpey submit an application for the proposed development at Humbie Gate, it will not be looked at until after the holiday period and neighbour notification will begin in the new year.

“This is great news but we hope the community does not rest on their laurels. Please prepare and send in your comments to East Renfrewshire Council before the end of January 2012”.

Taylor Wimpey’s plans could see as many as 3,000 houses between Newton Mearns and Barrhead.

Other plans which have struck fear among local residents include a plan to build 550 houses on the fields of Flenders Farm at the rear of Glendoune and Hillend roads and a proposal for 200 more to be built opposite Williamwood school.

Meanwhile, CALA homes have submitted a further application for 20 detached houses and eight flats in Waterfoot.

However, as this is a new proposal, those who previously objected will have to do so again.

As it stands, 3,000 houses have been approved but are yet unbuilt, with the potential for 4,000 depending on the outcome of the MIR.

To view and comment on the main issues report consultation visit: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/local-development-plan.

All supporting documents are also available to view on the web page. Copies of all documents have also been deposited at the council’s offices and all local libraries.

The council is looking for as many comments as possible electronically where possible.

Comments can be submitted using the online web forms on the website or by emailing ldp@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.

All comments received will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the ‘proposed local development plan’ which should be available by October 2012.