Don’t ditch Bishopbriggs relief road

Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs Cross where drivers are complaining that more cars are jumping through the red lights 12.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CONCERNS have been raised that a much-needed relief road could ‘slip through the net’ after plans for a new social housing development were passed.

Link Group was given permission to build 48 new homes on the Whiteland site in Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs last week.

However, the site was previously part of an ongoing application made by Taylor Wimpey to build hundreds of homes in Bishopbriggs, which included a condition to create part of the Bishopbriggs relief road.

Bishopbriggs Community Council now fears the rest of the site could be parcelled up and sold off to other developers, jeopardising the relief road.

The community council wants East Dunbartonshire Council to ask future developers interested in building on the land to make a contribution to ensure the relief road goes ahead.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “We could lose the relief road if steps are not taken to safeguard it.

“This is desperately needed and we want the council to work this through and not let it slip away.

“Passing this application could have a nibbling effect and the rest of the land could be sold off in parcels until it is all swallowed up and we don’t get the relief road.”

The proposed relief road, which would run from Torrance roundabout to Auchinairn, was part of Wimpey’s 2007 planning application that covered three sites - the Whitelands, the Mains and the Triangle.

Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise, said: “Discussions between the council and Taylor Wimpey in relation to the consent for 196 units to the east of Miller Drive, Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs and an associated section 75 agreement are ongoing. We hope to be in a position to advise of an outcome of these discussions in the near future.”