Objections to fore over housing plan

North Lanarkshire Council has received nearly 50 objections to a proposed housing development in Westerwood.

Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 5:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:14 pm
The once pristine site of the former 12th hole at Westerwood Gold Course is now scrubland

Cala Management Ltd is planning to build 71 units, made up of 4/5 bedroom houses and flats, on the site of the former 12th hole of Westerwood Golf Club.

After complaints from neighbours about stray balls, the par five hole was shortened to a par three and then relocated altogether to nearer the Kelvin Valley, along with the 10th and 11th holes.

Since then the once pristine fairway and green have been allowed to turn into scrubland although it is still a popular spot for dog walkers.

Residents from the three existing housing estates which surround the site have been quick to voice their displeasure, with the council having received 49 objections as the Cumbernauld News went to press.

One objector said: “This site is listed on the local plan as open space for leisure or local amenities. Indeed, when the land was gifted for the golf course I’m sure it was stated that it should always remain so.

“In addition, the number of houses being planned is far too many. Part of the proposal is for 251 parking spaces which gives you an idea of the increased volume of traffic that will be experienced should this come to fruition.

“We also have the wildlife to think of. We regularly see boxes, bats and deer in the area, so what will happen to them if houses are built?

“Local amenities are already very stretched. It’s difficult to get registered for a dentist or doctor as it is and what about schooling? The primary schools in the area are already using portable buildings to cope with the numbers.

“This is an ill-conceived plan and I hope everyone makes their thoughts known to the council about it.”

Representations about the plan (ref: 17/01502/FUL) can be made until Thursday, September 28, by visiting https://eplanning.northlanarkshire.gov.uk or writing to the assistant business manager at Fleming House in Cumbernauld.