Bishopbriggs developer wants to build 500 new homes on greenbelt land

A Bishopbriggs-based
property developer wants to build around 500 new homes on a massive site on greenbelt land on the outskirts of the area.

Image as per application

Caledonian Property Investments has applied for planning permission in principle for a “high quality” neighbourhood on 90 hectares of land north of Summerston.

Local people are up in arms over the planning application which was originally withdrawn in 2019 after a feasibility study by Glasgow City Council found that developing the greenbelt land for housing would not be appropriate.

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A fresh application was submitted by Caledonian Property last month 
seeking to address the study’s arguments.

Well over 150 local residents have objected to the fresh plan, along with local MSP Bob Doris.

Caledonian wants to build on the land at Blackhill Farm bounded by the River Kelvin, Blackhill Road and Balmore Road.

In summary, the council says the proposal is “potentially Contrary to Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Plan Policy 14 ‘Green Belt’, and to City Development Plan Policies CDP 6 ‘Greenbelt’ and CDP 7 ‘Natural Environment’ (Environmental Impact Assessment).”

Bob Doris, MSP for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn wrote he was concerned over the increase in traffic and its negative impact on the area.

He wrote: “My response should be considered as an objection to the development.

“The developer’s plans include a set of traffic lights and a roundabout. These will not solve the issues the development will create.

“Blackhill Road is a narrow road which will struggle to accomodate additional traffic. A bus service on this road will unlikely to be suitable given the road itself as well as unlikely to be commercially viable.

“There are also concerns currently regarding the junction with Balmore Road which are likely to be exacerbated.”

He added: “Traffic flows mainly through Summerston onto Maryhill Road in the mornings from both the longstanding homes in the area, the modern developments in recent years at Blackhill Road (which are owner occupier houses with multiple car ownership) from East Dunbartonshire and from other parts of north Glasgow.”

One resident told the Herald: “This will also cause increased pollution and will affect Killermont Golf Course as it will be right beside it.

“The greenbelt will be devastated resulting in the loss of the flood plain. There will be the loss of the flora and fauna of the area. This site is also near the Antonine Way and other areas of local and national interest.”

A spokesperson from Glasgow City Council told the Herald on Monday that the application will be considered by the council “in due course”.

Caledonian Property was unavailable for comment as the Herald went to press on Monday.