The planning application for a proposed housing development in Waterfoot, has been formally rejected.
The Scottish Reporter dismissed the appeal by Gladman Developments Ltd, and refused planning permission for the 200 new homes built alongside local retail and community facilities.
Similar proposals submitted in 2014 were rejected by the Scottish Government Reporter who deemed that they would lead to substantive change in the area’s landscape.
Gladman claimed the project would support hundreds of jobsfor local residents.
However, hundreds of local people raised objections to greenbelt development
A spokesman for Waterfoot Action, a community group set up to fight the proposal, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government Reporter has dismissed Gladman’s latest appeal and refused planning permission to build in the heart of our village.
“Local residents have fought long and hard to stop this completely inappropriate, large-scale housing development on precious greenbelt.
“This is now the second time in just a few years that these developers have tried and failed to get the go ahead for this unwanted and unsuitable project.
We hope that the landowners, the Baird family, finally get the message that building houses on this land is totally opposed by the community and would completely destroy the character of the village.
“The Bairds have said that they want Waterfoot to have a community heart and identity.
“If that’s truly their intention, then we would now urge them to gift this land to the people of Waterfoot, so that we can create a real community asset and ensure that we can live without the continual fear of another unwanted development.”
Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw said: “This has been one of the longest running concerns for Waterfoot residents and now it has been defeated for the second time.
“Residents can now breath a sigh of relief that the Scottish Government Reporter has listened to the legitimate planning concerns and rejected this application for hopefully the last time.”
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton, added: “I submitted a substantive objection to this unwarranted and unwanted intrusion into East Renfrewshire’s greenbelt just after being elected.
“Thankfully the Scottish Government Reporter heard the very real concerns of residents and rejected the fundamental change this proposal would have brought to Waterfoot.”