Resident fury at proposal

Residents in Waterfoot are fighting the new proposed development.
Residents in Waterfoot are fighting the new proposed development.

FURIOUS residents are fighting against proposals to build huge two-storey homes on greenbelt land in Waterfoot.

Cala Homes submitted a planning application for 21 detached houses and six terrace houses with access road, parking and landscaping just off Riverside Road.

This has angered locals who say the green space should be preserved because “land designated for housing elsewhere in the authority lies underdeveloped”.

Sandy MacDonald (52) organised a community meeting at his home this week where over 80 people attended.

The father-of-two said: “Proposals for housing development in the greenbelt have been rejected previously, yet in this case ERC has decided an environmental impact assessment is not required.

“There is a duty of consultation with the community which the developer appears to have ignored, with assent from ERC.

“The proposals include locating a play area much further from those who need it and locate it at low level next to the White Cart where it is in full spate.

“Those safety concerns are heightened by the proposed access route requiring children to negotiate a busy stretch of the Glasgow Road B767 where there is a history of accidents and near misses”.

Residents who attended the meeting voiced fears the application was lodged on June 24 to coincide with the school holidays — when families are away on holiday.

Father-of-three Dan Wood, an engineer who lives on Riverside Road, told The Extra: “If this proposal goes ahead the new park would be surrounded by water so would not be safe.

“It would be in a flood zone and children would have to travel along a main road for access”.

Samantha Selkirk, a Waterfoot mum-of-three, agreed: “To remove a children’s play area then move it further away is appalling”.

A spokeswoman for CALA Homes (West) said: “As part of our plans we will also build a replacement play park and amenity area at the bottom of the development.

“A financial contribution will also be made to East Renfrewshire council for reinvestment in the area.

“We will be embarking on a local consultation programme and will be meeting with the community council in the coming weeks to ensure the proposed development meets the needs of Waterfoot”.

An ERC spokesman added: “A major development which requires to be the subject of a formal pre-application consultation exercise with the community is a housing development of 50 plus dwellinghouses.

“There is therefore no requirement for Cala to carry out a formal consultation exercise”.