After a hard fight to get the proposal to zone ‘Duntiglennan Fields’, as a possible housing site,
dropped from the draft LDP it seems the matter has not gone away. The Draft Plan is now with the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) for examination. The Reporter dealing with this issue has asked further questions of those who raised issues about the Housing Land Supply.
Under guidance from the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Structure Plan, WDC has to allocate sufficient land for housing development. The council has assessed the housing land supply for the periods 2009 ␣ 2020 and 2020 ␣ 2025. Taylor Wimpey are claiming that the LDP allocation is insufficient and Duntiglennan is required to bring the number up to that recommended by Scottish Planning Policy which should contain a 10 -20% margin of generosity.
This conflict is what the Reporter is trying to determine through further questioning. Clydebelt does not have the information and statistical knowledge to give definitive answers and could only reply that as one of the most deprived areas in Scotland with high unemployment and a falling population we would hope that the area should not be being asked to allocate private housing land supply on the same basis as more desirable and more affluent areas. We also emphasised that the district has large areas of undeveloped brownfield sites. To acquire further information there will be a hearing on 11th November with the Reporter and those who have responded. The DPEA Reporters hope to issue their report on the LDP in January. See http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115165 Page 2 Issue 17
WDLDP/ Esso Site Bowling
http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=115165 p.3 --07
Clydebelt had made comment on the large Esso site between Bowling and Dumbuck in the consultations for the Local Development Plan. The site was formerly an oil distribution depot and is heavily contaminated and currently being cleaned up for selling on; a process that could take another two years.
The Council’s aspirations are for a relief road from Dunglass to Dumbuck junction as a diversionary route alternative to the A82 and which would also give access to the site and state
- “There is strong environmental and economic justification for this derelict sites continued identification as a development opportunity. Redevelopment would remediate the contamination arising from the site’s previous use, bring about green network enhancements and provide new opportunities for employment and, potentially, new housing. National, regional and local planning policy seeks to direct development to urban areas and in particular vacant and derelict brownfield sites such as Esso Bowling and Scott’s Yard, which represents a unique opportunity for maritime-related uses linked to the Dunglass Basin and available deep-water access, or for other business, industry, storage and distribution.”
The western end of the site would be kept in green belt as it is more liable to flooding and as the Clyde riverside is a Special Protection Area (SPA) for wading birds
Overtoun and Silverton Community Council agree with the proposed new road but otherwise consider the remainder of the site should be retained as green open space, with a nature reserve created. The land is already part of the Green Network and Green Belt and any substantial development on the site would have a negative environmental impact on existing biodiversity, particularly over-wintering birds on the shore.
RSPB Scotland wants the importance of the green belt to the west and the value of this area as compensation for the loss of intertidal habitat through climate change effects, highlighted. This information should be transferred to the Proposed Plan (as modified) to ensure developers are aware of its importance in avoiding adverse impacts on the integrity of the Special Protection Area and the objectives for the site into the future.
SNH support the mapping of proposed Green Network enhancements at this site’s western end and the reasons given and note the site’s southern waterfront presents a no less significant opportunity: for biodiversity, landscape character, and recreational access along the Clyde linking to Bowling station.
Clydebelt support retaining the green belt to the west of the site, which, via the burn, links the tidal zone and River Clyde to the Kilpatrick Hills and promises of wildlife enhancement. Clydebelt state they would like the cycle way to be enhanced and form part of a green corridor through any developed part of the site and additionally note that the area to the east of the basin has potential for leisure/heritage use due to the Henry Bell Monument, Dunglass Castle and House with its Charles Rennie McIntosh connection.
Other objections submitted state there should be no new road, no green belt release or extension of the site towards Dumbuck Junction; and no residential, retail or any form of built development.
There was no comment noted from the Bowling and Milton Community Council.
At a public meeting in March a representative from Esso confirmed that most of the site would be unsuitable for housing due to the possibility of continuing contaminants and that future industrial, commercial and recreational uses were most likely. Disposal of the land would be in the hands of their commercial dept.
The council’s objectives as regards maritime use, deep-water access and industry surely conflicts with the designation and protection of the Clyde as a SPA for birds as indicated by the RSPB.