Boathouse to be demolished to make way for flats at Kirkintilloch beauty spot

St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch
St Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch

DOZENS of flats will be built at one of the most picturesque parts of Kirkintilloch.

The new development will be built overlooking the Forth and Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch.

Members of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board have approved an application by Trust Housing Association and Stewart Milne Construction Ltd to build 65 flats just off the town centre.

The development, in Southbank Road, will include four blocks of flats with parking.

The former Seagull Trust boathouse and a canal users storage block will be demolished to make way for the new homes.

The constraints of the site make it impossible for builders to provide the required open space element for the development. However, as part of the planning agreement, they will make a contribution of £65,650 to enhance nearby open space areas and play facilities at Luggie Park.

A number of residents raised objections to the development, including the height of the buildings and traffic issues. They also claimed the the rural aspect of the canal would be spoiled.

Bob McDougall, chief executive of Trust Housing Association, said: “The successful outcome of the planning decision is a result of a considerable amount of hard work by the project team and our long term partnership working closely with East Dunbartonshire Council housing department.”

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