War of words over Kirkintilloch houses

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CLAIMS have been made that housebuilders are flouting ban on out-of-hours construction traffic.

Dawn Homes obtained planning permission to build 30 houses on the Campsie View site, in Kirkintilloch, last year - despite more than 20 letters of objection being lodged by worried householders.

Now work on the development is fully underway, residents are accusing the builders of failing to adhere to planning conditions.

One of the conditions was a ban on construction traffic entering or leaving the site before 9am or after 3pm - to minimise congestion during rush hour and ensure the safety of children on their way to and from school.

But Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor David Ritchie says that constituents claim Dawn Homes are flouting the ban.

He said: “I’ve been told by several people that large vehicles are constantly accessing the site outwith the permitted hours.

“They also tell me that construction traffic often travels at dangerous speeds.

“We really need to be pushing this further and doing something to ensure they keep to the conditions agreed.”

In response to the allegations, Dawn Homes’ technical director Graham Campbell insisted the conditions were being adhered to.

He said: “Dawn Homes can confirm that vehicle movement to and from site has been carried out and controlled in strict compliance with Planning Condition 24.

“That no large goods vehicles (vehicles with unladen weight greater than 7.5 tonnes e.g. rigid box vans or longer) involved in either the removal of the existing spoil overburden or any delivery of any goods or materials shall access or egress the site before 9am or after 3pm on any day.”

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “An enforcement officer of the planning service has been monitoring early morning operations following concerns raised by local residents.

“To date, only one breach of conditions has been identified when an excavator was observed starting work prior to 8am. This was immediately taken up with the developers.

“It should be noted that vehicles smaller than 7.5 tonnes lie outwith the time restrictions for delivery of goods and materials and it may be these to which residents are referring. We will continue to monitor the site in terms of time and noise restrictions and take appropriate action should this prove necessary.”

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