645 new homes but just 20 will be ‘affordable’

Planning officers will now study the application closely
Planning officers will now study the application closely

Developers want permission from East Renfrewshire Council to build 645 luxury homes in Newton Mearns.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and CALA Homes (West) have submitted a detailed planning application for the new homes at Maidenhill in Newton Mearns.

The 78.5-acre site off Ayr Road is zoned for residential development within the Local Development Plan, and it forms part of the wider M77 Corridor Strategic Development site.

The proposed development area comprises two separate sites which will be developed by the two firms.

In addition to 625 new homes with a mix of two five-bedroom styles of properties, the detailed proposal also incorporates plans to provide 20 affordable homes, as well as improvements to the transport infrastructure.

And it is this latter figure of just 20 affordable homes which has caused eyebrows to be raised locally.

East Renfrewshire Council said: “This area was identified for housing in the Local Development Plan adopted in 2015. This application will be considered at a future Planning Applications Committee in the usual open and transparent way.”