Developers eye-up greenbelt land

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THERE are growing fears that greenbelt land could once again be under threat.

Sites at the Gartshore Estate, in Kirkintilloch, and land near Netherton Oval, in Lennoxtown, have been identified as potential areas for house building.

The proposals have been raised during a consultation of the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, which involves eight local authorities.

East Dunbartonshire Council has raised concern that the Scottish Government appears to support the views of house builders who are not satisfied with the amount of land identified in the plan.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of East Dunbartonshire’s development and infrastructure committee (pictured)said: “Over the years, the council has time and again mounted spirited defences of our greenbelt and we will again.

“However, what is different this time around and what is causing me huge concern is that a representation received from a senior civil servant within the Scottish Government seems to back up the house builders’ argument.

“Given that ultimately the plan must be approved by the Sccottish Government, there is an obvious conflict of interest and a real fear that the public examination of the plan by the Scottish Government reporters can no longer be seen to be impartial.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The Strategic Development Planning Authority invited the Scottish Government to comment on this plan, and we have done so, along with many other parties with an interest in its content.

“The SDPA will have the opportunity to set out their case at the forthcoming examination into the issues raised in representations on the plan.”