We won’t give up fight to save greenbelt

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FRESH battle flares have been sent up in the fight to save East Dunbartonshire’s greenbelt.

A recent appeal by developers to the Scottish Government reporter was successful - overturning East Dunbartonshire Council’s decision to keep areas of land in parts of Lenzie, Bishopbriggs, Milton of Campsie, Twechar and Torrance free of housing developments.

Following the findings, Housing Minister Keith Brown (pictured) has asked the council to resubmit its ‘Local Plan 2’ document, excluding the affected areas from greenbelt protection.

Developers would then be free to submit planning applications for the sites.

Council officers are currently scrutinising a 350-page document detailing the Scottish Government reporter’s decision and are expected to report back to councillors at a meeting on Thursday, June 30.

Lenzie South Greenbelt Group members are angry at the reporter’s findings, but insist they are far from beaten.

A spokesperson said: “All is not lost, there is still plenty to challenge. By pulling every available resource together democracy should prevail as we endeavour to prevent building on this land.”

Derek Cunningham, the council’s director of development and infrastructure, said: “Once officers and our external advisers have had an opportunity to fully review and understand this report, elected members will be briefed on the detail and the options open to the council, and public meetings will be scheduled.”