Disgust as housing gets go-ahead despite concerns

Cllr Charles Kennedy at proposed housing development site. Campsie View, Kirkintilloch 18.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllr Charles Kennedy at proposed housing development site. Campsie View, Kirkintilloch 18.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
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A CONTROVERSIAL housing development is going ahead despite protests.

Dawn Homes was given the green light to build 30 semi-detached and detached houses on land at Campsie View, in Kirkintilloch, last Tuesday (August 2).

Councillor Charles Kennedy, seconded by Councillor David Ritchie, moved to reject the application, but East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board voted to approve the plans by 11 votes to nine after a debate lasting around 90 minutes.

Local campaigners had lodged more than 20 letters of objection to the scheme, arguing that it would block a right of way, have a negative impact on wildlife, encroach on the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and lead to dangerous levels of construction traffic.

Campsie View resident Robert Tennent said: “We are all disgusted and appalled by the decision. There is no way all this construction traffic will be able to access the site safely. It just goes to show that they don’t listen to us.

“This has been a green space for generations. I can’t understand why they want to build on it - it’s not like people are even buying houses at the moment.”

He added: “Once the housing development at Rob Roy Football Club’s ground is built there will be no space around here.”

Planning chiefs have also insisted that developers keep a right of way near the site open to residents and walkers.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy said: “I’m very disappointed by the planning board’s decision. There was strong opposition to this application. People had very valid concerns.

“I feel it was the wrong decision and I fear it could come back on the council further down the line.”

SNP councillor David Ritchie echoed Cllr Kennedy’s disappointment.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor John Dempsey also voted against the application.

Planning board chairman, Gordan Low, said: “After lengthy and detailed consideration of this planning application over a period of several months, the board voted 11 to 8 in favour of granting consent subject to legal agreement and to an additional condition restricting the hours for movements of construction traffic from 9am to 3pm.”

CONCERNED: Councillor Charles is pictured at the Campsie View site. He says the planning board made the wrong decision.