Housing move on greenbelt

JUST months after securing planning permission for a 29-home development in Waterfoot, CALA homes are back for more.

The house builder has made an application for a large development on Eaglesham’s greenbelt on the north-west corner of the village on Humbie Road.

If successful, 36 houses and 12 flats would be built with 
associated access road, parking, open space and pump station.

Both East Renfrewshire’s MP and Eastwood’s MSP have spoken out against the proposal.

Holyrood man Ken Macintosh told The Extra: “The green belt is there to protect villages like Eaglesham and I would both hope and expect the local authority to enforce its own democratically approved local plan.

“Hundreds of local residents responded to the council’s consultation and I would urge developers to respect our views before submitting speculative applications which alarm and upset those who live nearby.”

While Westminister’s Jim Murphy added: “We all know there needs to be more homes for families struggling to get on the property ladder but new houses should be built in sensible places.

“Building on the greenbelt can’t be the first thing that developers think of.

“Villages have a unique feel that has to be respected not built over.”

A spokesman for campaign group Save East Renfrewshire’s green belt has also reacted in anger.

He said: “Just like Watefoot Park the development is not in the statutory local plan and was not consulted upon in the statutory main issues report last winter.

“What hope is there for Eaglesham’s greenbelt following ERC’s decision to ignore local outrage about the Waterfoot Park and field fisaso. Nevertheless, I hope everybody will register their objections to the council’s website.”

The council have confirmed the application is not part of the local plan.

Residents were notified of the proposal by East Renfrewshire council planning department by letter on Tuesday, while a notification is set to appear in this paper next week.

A council spokeswoman said: “The application is at the very early stages of processing and as the Neighbour Notification letters have just been issued yesterday and the press advert has not yet been published there has been no community opinion expressed as yet.

“The application site is within the greenbelt and is not allocated for housing/development. As such the application is contrary to the local plan”

Objections can be registered via the planning portal on the council’s website, www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.

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