East Ren LDP: two weeks to have your say

The new Eastwood High school.
The new Eastwood High school.

RESIDENTS have two weeks to have there voices heard on East Renfrewshire council’s Local Development Plan.

It is now moving into the final third of a six-week consultation in to proposed changes for the region.

The LDP set out the council’s proposals for the development and protection of the area over the next few years.

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the LDP is the proposal to build a mosque and community facility on land belonging to Eastwood High school.

People have until Wednesday, November 20 to voice their opposition to any part of the plan.

Convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “I would urge everyone to have their say on the proposed changes before the deadline of November 20 — we want to hear as many views as possible.”

The proposed plan went out to public consultation earlier this year, outlining the council’s preferred sites for development.

Now, following representations made by the public during that consultation, it is consulting on two proposed modifications to the plan.

The LDP had identified two potential sites for a denominational and a non denominational primary school within the M77 Strategic Development Opportunity at Malletsheugh/ Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

However, alternative sites were then suggested through the consultation for one of the schools and the mosque.

The council is now consulting on those two proposed modifications.

The alternative site for the denominational school is Waterfoot Road, Newton Mearns, opposite Mearns Castle High School and, for the mosque, a site next to the new Eastwood High school.

A third minor modification is also proposed to clarify the current planning position at Barrhead High School.

The consultation is focusing only on the modifications and not the wider plan. Full details of the proposed changes, with maps, can be viewed on the council’s website.

There are also copies available for viewing in the council’s offices at Eastwood Park, Barrhead Main Street, Spiersbridge and all local libraries.

You can also find out details of how you can provide your views on the council website and in its offices or libraries.