Stirling councillors reject greenbelt housing and cemetery plans

Strathblane Campsie RoadPlans to build 70 homes and a new cemetery on greenbelt land in Strathblane have been refused by Stirling Council.

The development, which was being taken forward by Gladman Developments, was proposed for land south of Broadgate House on Campsie Road.

Councillors on the planning and regulation panel unanimously rejected the plans yesterday, agreeing with planning officers’ concerns that the development would negatively impact the area’s protected greenbelt area. They also felt it would not protect the historic environment by encroaching on the focal point of the Broadgate Mound. The proposals were also not consistent with the council’s Local Development Plan and policy.

The council received over 80 objections to the plans which included concerns about the impact the development could have on local services and infrastructure.

Planning and regulation panel chair, Alasdair MacPherson, said: “Councillors unanimously agreed that the plans proposed were simply inappropriate for the Broadgate site. Not only would this development have significantly impacted our green belt area, it would have also been detrimental to the historical site of the Broadgate Mound which must be protected. Building new properties, particularly affordable homes, is one of our top priorities but we must make sure that these developments are also right for local communities and the Stirling area.”

A public consultation, including a public event at the Strathblane Village Club took place in 2016. The proposals were presented to the panel as the application was classed as a ‘Major’ development as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Development) (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

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