AMBITIOUS plans for a new training and resource centre for a Lenzie-based charity have taken a major step forward.
Deafblind Scotland has been given planning permission for the £1.5million development at a site near Woodilee Road and Initiative Road, in Kirkintilloch.
The ‘Field of Dreams’ centre will be a national facility and replace the charity’s current premises in Lenzie and Kirkintilloch.
More than 60 objections were raised regarding the planning application, covering issues including privacy, noise, loss of views, public access and road safety.
As part of a legal agreement attached to the planning approval, a footpath must be constructed from Initiative Road to the existing one at the Woodilee Road junction.
Deafblind Scotland hope that local residents will support the project and that the facility will also be a community resource. The new facility will also create seasonal job opportunities.
Drena O’Malley (pictured), resources manager for the charity, said: “This is another major step forward and we hope to complete discussions with the council very soon.
“This is a really important move for Deafblind Scotland and most importantly for deafblind people.
“There are very few national charities in East Dunbartonshire. This will be a nice thing for Lenzie and Kirkintilloch.”
The charity will be pressing ahead with its fundraising for the new premises and is keen to get locals involved.
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