Residents' fury over CALA homes plan for Fauldhead at Kirkintilloch

Residents are up in arms over plans by CALA Homes to build 256 new homes in Fauldhead at Kirkintilloch.

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Last week, the Herald revealed the property developers have lodged a planning application with East Dunbartonshire Council.

The company claims the development would create “a vibrant new community with dramatic views of the Campsie Fells.”

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But residents have hit out at “yet more green space” being given over to developers.

David Nisbet was one of dozens who voiced their opposition on the Herald Facebook site.

He posted: “Not a single thought is given to anyone who might enjoy local nature for the benefit of their mental health. They just hear the cash machine.

“First, the Woodilee houses were expanded beyond where the hospital was, then a bollard barrier was put up to divide these new houses from Fauldhead.

"Then it was Broomhill, then Braes O Yetts, then beside Initiative Road, then St Agathas, then all around Robroyston, beside Stepps, then the swing park in Watersid. Now the football park in Waterside followed by all the fields behind it.

“What's next? Merkland? Luggie Park? Lenzie Moss? Gartshore Estate? Infrastructure cannot cope with anymore, and neither will our mental health when there's nowhere left to go for a walk.”

Jill Shi agreed and posted: “I have lost all faith in the planning process having objected to another development with many other people and then seeing the same outcome at Waterside and Jellyhill in Bishopbriggs. Short-term thinking, no thought to our long-term future or the wider impact.”

Sharon Horner added: “Schools are saturated as it is,and the space they propose to build on is well used by the local communities.”

East Dunbartonshire Council told the Herald the development has been split into two separate planning applications.

Heather Holland, Executive Officer - Land Planning & Development, said: "We can confirm two planning applications have been received and are currently being processed - which will include a period for public representations for each.

"They will be considered by the Planning Board in due course."