Farmer’s dream is one step closer

Artists rendering of the proposed development in Waterfoot.
Artists rendering of the proposed development in Waterfoot.

The wishes of a farmer who dreamed of turning Waterfoot into a fully-fledged village may finally come to fruition.

Plans for a new residential development, which will help East Renfrewshire meet its housing needs, have been lodged with the council.

Gladman Scotland are leading a partnership which proposes building up to 200 high-quality homes in Waterfoot and in the process provide new community amenities.

In doing so they are attempting to fulfil the wishes of former local farmer and businessman, Basil Baird.

The land is currently owned by his family who have lived on the site for several generations.

A family spokesman said: “My father lived all of his 59 years at Waterfoot having been born and raised at Floors Farm.

“He was an active member of the local community and served for 15 years as a local councillor.

“He long harboured an ambition for his local settlement to become a village in its own right with a community heart and identity, which he believed it lacked.

“We, his descendants, share his belief and ambition to allow Waterfoot to grow and to establish itself as a good and sustainable place to reside, having access to a range of services and community facilities.”

According to official figures, East Renfrewshire currently requires over 4000 new homes to cater for demand over the next nine years, with a majority of them being “affordable homes”.

This proposal aims to create a desirable new neighbourhood which will provide a focus for the whole community.

It comprises up to 200 homes of which 80 will be “affordable”.

In addition, the developers will create a village green and small retail unit, neither of which currently exists. These new amenities will enhance the village’s sustainability.

The planned 20-hectare site will also benefit from a new access road, better street frontage, footpaths, safe play areas, public space, and the introduction of crossing points.

A spokesman for Gladman Scotland said: “This is an exciting project which will provide a range of housing including much-needed social, mid-market rented, shared equity and homes suitable for the elderly and first time buyers.”