WATERFOOT residents had their worst fears realised when planning permission was approved for 28 housing units on their beloved play park.
The application by CALA homes was approved by the planning committee at a meeting yesterday (Wednesday).
Now, it is up to the cabinet to decide whether to sell the land — which is owned by East Renfrewshire council — to the developer.
The application was approved on the grounds of fulfilling the council’s commitment to “affordable housing”.
However, the council’s decision follow a sustained period of objections and campaigning from enraged local residents.
Councillor Gordon McCaskill, who voted against the proposal, protested: “There is no community or local benefit, while any economic benefit is diffuse”.
More than 30 outraged locals gathered at the committee meeting to voice their disapproval and left in protest once the decision was passed.