Homes turned down at beauty spot in Campsies

Clachan of Campsie - proposed site of homes
Clachan of Campsie - proposed site of homes

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build nine homes in the heart of a well-known village beauty spot have been scrapped.

More than 115 people signed a petition against plans by Glasgow-based company Land and Property Holdings Ltd to create nine three-bedroom homes in Clachan of Campsie.

The plan to build on two fields to the east of the village square also included proposals to erect a wall around the new estate and additional car parking.

However, residents argued the proposals would increase traffic, affect wildlife and “destroy the character” of the conservation area.

Following a site visit, councillors have now backed objectors and unanimously voted to refuse the application.

Nigel Smith, who spearheaded the campaign against the plans, said: “I’m so delighted that this was unanimous because it means the council have sent out a clear statement that in this conservation area any scheme for development has to enhance the area.

“The council has said they would be prepared to consider some development here, but what they wanted to do was enhance the area and that’s what this proposal did not do.”

Objectors felt there were too many houses, had concerns over the design and believed houses were not integrated enough in the conservation area.

Mr Smith added: “We’re pleased our hard work has paid off. There were a lot of issues, but the central one was it was not a good enough scheme and the council, by being unanimous, have said to the developer and planners that they have got to raise their game and that is a very important statement.”

The application came after initial plans to build on the site were refused.

Thomas Glen, head of planning at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “At the planning board meeting on Tuesday, August 7, the board considered the application for nine houses and associated car parking, landscape improvements and upgrading of existing buildings.

“The board refused consent based on the size and scale of the proposed development and its impact within a conservation area, its compliance with the council’s design quality guidance and anticipated transport impact.”

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