Houses could hit the buffers due to railway row

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THERE were fears this week that a massive housing project could be derailed because of a row over its proposed railway station.

Glasgow City Council has delayed its decision on giving planning permission in principle to the Stewart Milne development in Robroyston.

It is believed the local authority made the decision because an objection has been lodged against plans to create a new rail halt at Millerston and the station’s Strategic Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) report had not been completed.

However, Councillor Grant Thoms says the decision is “madness” and claims most developments are given planning in principle before the STAG report is completed.

He said: “This development of 1,600 new homes, sports facilities and community infrastructure is just the sort of construction activity which will help Glasgow weather the economic recession.

“There are problems with the proposed railway station at Millerston having a proper assessment of need, but the whole scheme doesn’t have to stop because of that.

“Not only will a new railway station increase house prices for the local area, it will provide a much-needed park-and-ride facility for the M80.

“It’s time for the developer, council and transport authorities to get a move on, with this development bringing jobs, facilities and better public transport to the area.”

The new development is set to include 1,600 new homes as well as a rail halt with park-and-ride facilities, a hotel, shops, businesses and community and sports facilities.

Developers have also set aside £3million to expand Wallacewell Primary to ensure it is big enough to accommodate the new children and current pupils.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “The council’s Planning Applications Committee of November 30 decided to reconsider a final decision on this project as members had concerns over an unresolved objection.

“It is hoped that the proposals will be considered again by the committee early in the New Year.”