MP calls for answers over plans for new homes development

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Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald wants house builders Taylor Wimpey to explain how a bid to build a new estate in Lennoxtown can be squared with the need to protect the greenbelt.

The SNP man wants to know how the scheme fits in with either the existing or upcoming local development plan for the area – and is seeking reassurances that his constituents’ concerns will be listened to.

His letter follows an approach from resident Lorna Buntain, who with numerous others is opposed to a bid to build homes in a field beside the village’s Rowantree Terrace.

Ms Buntain says she came away from a consultation meeting on the plan “shocked” by how poorly local concerns were said to have been dealt with.

She argues the development would lead to a loss of valuable greenbelt and create unacceptable levels of noise and traffic.

However, Taylor Wimpey argues the site is not sensitive, and that building homes there would go towards answering a shortage of houses that East Dunbartonshire has to satisfy in order to meet quota.

Its plan is for land not currently zoned for development, but it hopes to persuade the council that its scheme would bring much-needed new homes.