Persimmon Homes has been given the go-ahead for its planned 290-home development – predominantly three or four- bedroomed houses – near Heathfield Farm off Drumcavel Road.Before work begins a Section 75 agreement governing affordable housing and child play provision will will have to be put into effect.During last Thursday’s meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee Councillor Lynne Anderson enquired about one of the conditions attached to the planning permission concerning footpaths.
She added that residents were seeking clarification on the site for a new primary school. The plans had received 24 objections, including from Chryston Community Council and Gartcosh Tenants and Residents Association.
Councillor Anderson said: “I attended a consultation event and the developers were keen to tell me where the primary school was going before they realised I was an elected member.”Planning manager Graeme Lee replied that the condition referred to the path which would be achievable and that the plan was for a circular path around the development leading to the wetlands and that various options were still being considered for the site of the primary school.Councillor Greg Lennon noted that the proposals had attracted strong public opinion and also expressed concern over the planned primary school being located outside of the development.Mr Lee replied that an area for the school had been approved in October which meant there was potential for it to be built within the development but the education authority was looking to keep its options open and that the planning conditions required the development of a footpath leading as far as the wetland area.Councillor John McLaren felt the wetlands were dangerous. “You’ll get somebody face down in that burn,” he said.Mr Lee said the path would be set well back from the loch itself.Councillor Lennon, seconded by Councillor Michael Coyle, moved for refusal on the grounds the plans contravened council policy but this was outvoted by 14 votes to 11 so planning permission was granted.