Community leaders say housing development is good news for Milton of Campsie

Former Lillyburn Works site
Former Lillyburn Works site

An industrial eyesore which has blighted a village for years could be transformed if planning chiefs greenlight an ambitious housing development.

Derelict buildings on the Lillyburn Works site, in Milton of Campsie, have long been a safety concern for residents.

The site has lain unused for several years after the company that owned it, and was going to build new offices, went into liquidation.

In 2006 a major fire ripped through some of the buildings, which used to house a printworks.

Now Springfield Properties, who have cleared the site in recent months, have submitted a planning application for the site.

The application is for “52 residential properties with associated works”.

Local councillors have already thrown their weight behind the development, while MP Gregg McClymont has also welcomed the news.

A spokesperson for Milton of Campsie Community Council said members unanimously supported the scheme, adding: “We are fully backing the Lillyburn development on a piece of land which has been ignored by the council for more than 14 years.

“Springfield Properties have done more for the area in the last six months than anybody else has done in the last decade.”

The application is set to be discussed at a meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board later on this year.