Chance to quiz planners on their vision for the future

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This month sees the launch of events aimed at giving people the chance to find how the council aims to plan for everything from affordable housing to transport links.

It may also be the cue for a renewed bout of heavy criticism from some who claim local planning policy is already fatally flawed.

One regular complaint (for example from Neilston Community Council) is that discrete communities risk being submerged within rapidly-spreading generic suburbia – and that the road net is under siege from a surge in traffic.

Poor public transport and lack of vital infrastructure needed to sustain the rash of new housing schemes are also said to be major problems.

On the other hand the council has pointed to a masterplan for developing East Renfrewshire which is said to have prepared the conditions for new business growth.

The forthcoming sessions in local libraries are billed as an opportunity to quiz planners on issues arising from the area’s Main Issues Report, which will shape the rapidly-evolving area in years to come.

Infrastructure and growth convener Councillor Tony Buchanan said: “East Renfrewshire Council listens to its residents and we are seeking the views of our community to help us achieve environmental, social and economic benefits for everyone who lives, works, visits and invests in the area.”

The MIR sets out a planning strategy and vision for East Renfrewshire and will help shape the future Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2).

A council spokesperson said: “Covering the whole of East Renfrewshire, the Main Issues Report is about big ideas and challenges for future development and has the potential to affect every single home and business in the area.

“This consultation is the opportunity for residents to tell us what they think about the key challenges for future development within East Renfrewshire and options for the way they could be addressed.

“This includes where the new homes we will need should go, how we could meet the needs of a growing elderly population, what infrastructure we need, how we can support our town centres and how we can protect our environment.”

The dates and times of the Eastwood MIR sessions are –

Clarkston Library, 3pm-8pm, Monday, January 16

Mearns Library, 3pm-8pm, Wednesday January 18

Busby Library, 3pm-8pm, Tuesday January 24

Eaglesham Library, 3pm-8pm, Wednesday January 25

The consultation period for the Main Issues Report will run until Wednesday, February 8.

You can share your views online at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/ldp2, by visiting your local library, at Citizen Space on the council web site, on email at ldp@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or on 0141 577 3001.

You can also write to council offices at 2 Spiersbridge Way, Spiersbridge Business Park, Thornliebank, G46 8NG.