Fears that housing plans could threaten wildlife

Residents worried about potential house building
Residents worried about potential house building

Concerned residents have urged people to have their say on proposals to build new homes in their area.

The next stage of the East Dunbartonshire Local Development Plan involves consultation on the Main Issues Report.

This includes proposals for new housing and much-needed affordable homes across the district. However, it has sparked concerns in the Waterside and Fauldhead areas of Kirkintilloch.

Around 125 homes could be built on a site in Fauldhead, with a further 70 to 80 in Waterside Road and Gartshore Road, and around 25 properties beside the Carmelite Monastery.

Residents are worried that if given the go-ahead the plans could impact on the wildlife and ruin the character of the area.

Waterside resident Danny McFadden has set up a website – www.luggiewater.co.uk – about the Luggie Water Wildlife Corridor.

He said: “There is a variety of wildlife, including otters, kingfishers and deer, and is quite unique in that it has been untouched.

“We want to keep the wildlife and see the area developed, not for housing, but outdoor learning. We would encourage people to look at the proposals and have their say.”

Waterside Community Council held a meeting and has put leaflets out to let people know about the proposals.

Cordy Lilly, a member of the community council, said: “We want people to know what’s happening so they can make an informed decision.

“Waterside has a strong village feel to it with a good sense of community spirit and identification. If you suddenly get lots more development, that will change.

“Everyone would like to see enough affordable housing, but unfortunately you have to build all these mansions to get them.”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at the council, said: “Copies of the report are available at council HQ at Southbank Marina, the council office in Broomhill, at all East Dunbartonshire libraries and on our website – www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/MIR

“Responses to the consultation can be made online or by post and must be received by 5pm on Monday, November 4.

“I would urge everyone to take part in the consultation as all feedback will help to determine the future Local Development Plan for the whole of East Dunbartonshire.”

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