Public meeting on Hillhead flats concerns

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for new blocks of flats in Kirkintilloch will be the hot topic at a public meeting.

East Dunbartonshire Council and Trust Housing Association want to build 34 new homes on the Meiklehill House site, in Hillhead.

The proposals include three blocks of four-storey flats, two blocks of three storeys and two buildings at two storeys. The plans also include 11 two-bedroomed properties.

But local residents say the flats won’t fit in with other houses in the area - a mix of terraced properties and bungalows.

They are also concerned the flats will overlook their homes and invade their privacy.

Kirkintilloch East and Twechar councillor Jack Young has organised a public meeting on Thursday, December 1.

He said: “Local residents are extremely concerned about these plans for multi-storey flats. They are just not right for this location.

“They are trying to maximise the number of homes they can cram into a small area to meet requirements set out by the Scottish Government.

“The site should be developed in a more sensible way. People understand that we have to build houses, but they have real concerns about this proposed development.”

A change in legislation next year will mean that everyone who is on the homeless register must be housed.

The public meeting will be held in Oxgang Primary School at 7.30pm.

Kenny Simpson, head of housing and community services at East Dunbartonshire Council, recently told the Herald that the proposals are at a very early stage and have yet to go through the planning process.

He added: “This project is deemed to be a ‘significant development’ and there are pre-application talks taking place.

“One of the council’s key aims is to meet the housing needs of the people of East Dunbartonshire.

“We want to provide quality homes of an appropriate design, which fit with their surroundings.”