Green for no-go – greenbelt homes rejected

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NEW houses and a care village earmarked for greenbelt land have been knocked back.

Upland Developments Ltd wanted to create around 127 homes and a care village (with care home and assisted living accommodation of around 55 units) in Woodhead Road, Muirhead.

The proposals were recommended for refusal by North Lanarkshire Council and at a planning hearing committee last week it was agreed by councillors to reject the application.

The plans come at a time when Chilterns Care Home, in Muirhead, run by North Lanarkshire Council, is under threat of closure.

A consultation document identified where £73.3million could be saved - including the closure of Chilterns.

A report on the outline planning application stated the reasons for it being refused as it is “considered to constitute inappropriate and unjustified development in the greenbelt, specifically by virtue of the westward expansion of

Muirhead towards Stepps, and the coalescence effect that this will have.”

It added: “As such the application is considered contrary to the Development Plan in respect to greenbelt policies, with a further lack of information provided to establish any potential effects in respect to protected species.”

Seven letters of objection were received from nearby residents and Chryston Community Council.

Their concerns included that the natural boundary and identity of the village would be lost, that there is no capacity on the roads to accommodate additional traffic, and that the site has woodland, protected species and wildlife.

Strathkelvin councillor Willie Hogg said: “If the plans had been approved it would have joined up two communities - Stepps and Muirhead - instead of keeping individual areas, and it was on greenbelt.

“The planning department refused it.

“There is a demand for a care home and that’s why I’m against the closure of Chilterns.”

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