Protestors hope beauty spot is protected from luxury homes

Clachan of Campsie. Mike Wilkinson with planning petition.
Clachan of Campsie. Mike Wilkinson with planning petition.
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CONCERNED locals have welcomed plans by councillors to visit the proposed site of a controversial new housing development at the foot of the Campsie Hills.

Land and Property Holdings, a Glasgow-based company, has applied to East Dunbartonshire Council for permission to build nine three-bedroom houses in Clachan of Campsie.

The application was considered at a meeting of the planning board last week and, despite a recommendation by planning officers to grant the proposals, councillors voted to defer any decision pending a site visit.

Local residents, who claim the plans will “destroy the character” of the conservation area, welcomed the move.

Mike Wilkinson, who along with neighbour Nigel Smith has spearheaded a petition and campaign to put a halt to the proposals, said: “It certainly gives us a bit of hope that the councillors didn’t just go along with the recommendations.

“At least now they will have a chance to see the problems for themselves.

“We’ll just have to wait it out now - there’s nothing more we can do.”

The site visit will take place following the summer recess, with a decision expected shortly afterwards.

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