Protestors hope beauty spot is protected from luxury homes

Clachan of Campsie. Mike Wilkinson with planning petition.
Clachan of Campsie. Mike Wilkinson with planning petition.

CONCERNED locals have welcomed plans by councillors to visit the proposed site of a controversial new housing development at the foot of the Campsie Hills.

Land and Property Holdings, a Glasgow-based company, has applied to East Dunbartonshire Council for permission to build nine three-bedroom houses in Clachan of Campsie.

The application was considered at a meeting of the planning board last week and, despite a recommendation by planning officers to grant the proposals, councillors voted to defer any decision pending a site visit.

Local residents, who claim the plans will “destroy the character” of the conservation area, welcomed the move.

Mike Wilkinson, who along with neighbour Nigel Smith has spearheaded a petition and campaign to put a halt to the proposals, said: “It certainly gives us a bit of hope that the councillors didn’t just go along with the recommendations.

“At least now they will have a chance to see the problems for themselves.

“We’ll just have to wait it out now - there’s nothing more we can do.”

The site visit will take place following the summer recess, with a decision expected shortly afterwards.

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