New homes approved on outskirts of Barrhead

New homes approved on outskirts of Barrhead

Councillors have given the green light to almost 40 homes on the outskirts of Barrhead despite planners’ recommending the development should be refused.

Briar Homes wants to develop land at Lyoncross Farm, off Aurs Road, promoting the “natural extension of Barrhead” and providing an “attractive to a wide range of households”.

East Renfrewshire Council had received 16 objections to the plan, and officials had concerns over the lack of affordable housing, the impact on Dams to Darnley Country Park and the loss of “established” trees.

Councillors on the planning committee initially delayed making a decision to visit the site, but have now ruled the project can go ahead.

There will need to be a legal agreement to secure a financial contribution to cover the lack of affordable housing on site before the homes can be built.

Planners recommend refusal as the proposal was “not anticipated or planned for” within a Barrhead South masterplan.

The project is set to include a mix of three, four and five-bed detached properties for private sale and a “high level of recreational and amenity space for residents”, the developers have said.

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