Housing plans shelved after flood risk fears

Campaigner Tommy Cairney
Campaigner Tommy Cairney

A controversial plan to build 35 houses on a sports pitch has been shelved after a 
government agency raised concerns.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency objected to the planning application by Link Housing because the site poses a flood risk.

But East Dunbartonshire Council said this week it would “continue to work with Link Group to try to find a solution”.

Residents campaigning against the development near Parkburn Avenue for the past three years have also voiced concerns of flooding.

Chairman of the Residents’ Association Tommy Cairney said: “We have been telling the council the ground was unsuitable from the very start.

“There are underground burns and the danger of flooding is extremely high.”

Residents were also concerned over possible contamination as a nickel factory stood on the site back in the early 1900s.

Just a few months ago, a report presented to East Dunbartonshire Council indicated Link Group could begin construction by August.

Tommy said: “The council seemed determined to push this development through just a few months ago. It is a victory for us and for common sense.”

A SEPA spokesperson said the agency initially agreed in principle to the plan but added: “SEPA subsequently objected to the planning application for 35 new homes in Kirkintilloch on the grounds of lack of information in respect of flood risk. It was our opinion significant parts of the site earmarked for the residential development lie within the functional floodplain.”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration, said: “The land at the Greens is currently designated for housing in our Local Plan 2. The Link Group submitted a planning application for the development of the Greens for housing earlier this year and during the council’s assessment process, new information emerged on the area’s flood risk.

“In order to give the council time to better consider the potential risks and mitigation options, the Link Group has decided to delay any further work for the moment.

“However we will continue to work together to try to find a solution.”