Bid to block housing in Bishopbriggs

RESIDENTS AT BROOKFIELD ROAD, ANGRY AT THERE IS GOING TO BE FLATS BUILT BEHING THEM, THEY HAVE PARKED THEIR CARS ON GRASS SO WORK DOESNT GET STARTED'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL'30/4/11
RESIDENTS AT BROOKFIELD ROAD, ANGRY AT THERE IS GOING TO BE FLATS BUILT BEHING THEM, THEY HAVE PARKED THEIR CARS ON GRASS SO WORK DOESNT GET STARTED'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL'30/4/11

NO housing, no way – that’s the view of concerned residents who have vowed to continue their battle to stop a controversial new housing development.

Work on 48 new houses on land at Hillhead Road and Auchinairn Road, in Bishopbriggs, due to begin last week, has been stopped and the developers told to submit a new planning application.

Hundreds of residents expressed concerns they had been unaware a planning application for a social housing development had even been submitted.

The build affects residents in both the Robroyston and Auchinairn areas.

Robroyston resident Brian McGinley told the Herald: “We’ve got until May 26 to make our objections and all of the neighbours I’ve spoken to plan on doing so.

“A few of us had a chat about it at the weekend and I think there could be a few hundred objections.”

A number of residents in the Glasgow City Council area contacted East Dunbartonshire Council about the housing development which was about to commence on vacant land in Auchinairn.

East Dunbartonshire Council took legal advice on the matter and found that, because the notification sent to neighbouring properties in Glasgow in November, 2009 may have led them to believe that the development only comprised landscaping and a layby - the decision making process was unsound.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The council has discussed the matter with the applicant (Link Housing Association) and agreed that the most sensible way to proceed would be for work on site to cease and for a new application to be submitted.”

Residents in the areas affected have now been notified with full details of the development plans.

Councillor Gordan Low, Convener of East Dunbartonshire Planning Board, said: “As soon as the council became aware of this issue it moved quickly to ensure that local people are afforded their rightful opportunity to engage in the planning process and present their views.”

Link Housing Association will be holding a public meeting to explain the proposals and answer questions about the housing development.

Residents can view the application at the council’s development and enterprise service department on the second floor at William Patrick Library, in Kirkintilloch, G66 1AD.