Waterfoot earmarked for homes

The rural idyll of Waterfoot may be drawing to a close if developers obtain planning permission for a council earmarked site.
The rural idyll of Waterfoot may be drawing to a close if developers obtain planning permission for a council earmarked site.

Despite vociferous arguments over proposed plans by the Baird family in Waterfoot for a housing development, East Ren Council has flagged the areas suitability.

100 new homes on Waterfoot Road, adjacent to existing houses and the Southern Orbital has been identified as a suitable location by the Council in their latest plan.

The site is believed to be under consideration by West Point Homes who have promised 30 per cent of the new builds will be affordable homes, encompassing a neighbourhood centre, new paths and a cycle connection to the existing community.

This proposal is in addition to existing plans to build 200 new homes on farmland owned by the Baird family on the other side of the main road within the centre of Waterfoot.

The latest information is listed in the council’s Main Issues Report which was published in November.

The document states: “It is important that we continue to keep the housing land supply fresh and that we plan positively for new homes to improve housing options.

“We will aim to maximise the supply of private and affordable housing to meet our housing needs including meeting the needs of older people.

“The development of new homes is critical in delivering and sustaining economic growth.”

The MIR adds that the housing land requirement between 2012-2019 will be 4100 units.

It identifies 13 sites which could be set aside for new housing.

These are: Barrance Farm South, Newton Mearns; Waulker’s Farm, Eaglesham; Newford Farm, Clarkston; Broomburn Drive, Newton Mearns; Westerton Lane, Busby; Patterton East, Newton Mearns; Easterton Avenue, Busby; Waterfoot Road; Blackbyres Road, Barrhead ‘Bunzyl’; Blackbyres Road, Barrhead ‘Cargo’; Kirkton Road, Neilston; Ayr Road, Newton Mearns and Burnfield Road, Giffnock.

Of this selection, four are listed as “Preferred Options” – Newford Farm, Clarkston; Broomburn Drive, Newton Mearns; Easterton Avenue, Busby and Waterfoot Road.

Two other sites have been identified for 100 per cent affordable housing: Ayr Road, Newton Mearns and Burnfield Road, Giffnock.