Gillian Mackay, Scottish Greens MSP for Central Scotland, has submitted a formal objection to a proposed development between Calderbank and Carnbroe that she says “would change the local landscape forever”.
Orchard Brae, the company behind the EuroPark proposal say their “updated and enhanced” plans would not only bring new private homes and social housing to the area, but also significant economic benefits .
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However, Ms Mackay has highlighted how local campaigners say the recent revised proposals for the development still “do not meet the needs or wants of the community and will result in the removal of ancient woodland and years of history”.
The MSP told Lanarkshire Live: “I have received a large volume of correspondence from constituents in North Lanarkshire who shared some very serious concerns about this application.
“The application is contrary to the adopted North Lanarkshire Local Plan and to the emerging North Lanarkshire Local Development Plan Modified Proposed Plan. In both plans the proposed site is designated as green belt.
“This is an area of ancient woodland, rich in history, which is loved and cherish by those who reside nearby. It offers a space where people enhance physical and mental health through walking, running and cycling, and is home to a wealth of wildlife.
“I support the residents and the Woodhall, Faskine and Palacecraig onservation group who, quite rightly, highlight this area of greenbelt needs to be protected for future generations.”
Within her planning objection to the EuroPark plans, Ms Mackay said: “North Lanarkshire Council recently declared a climate emergency and I believe if that is to mean anything then it must mean that development must benefit communities, it must protect green space and maximise the likelihood of active travel and public transport use.
“Overall, I believe this proposal will a negative impact on residential quality of life. In that spirit I hope that the views of the community and groups like Woodhall, Faskine, and Palacecraig Conservation Group are heard loud and clear.
“This proposal should be opposed.”
Commenting previously, Stephen Tucker, master planner and spokesperson for Orchard Brae, said: “The feedback of the community has been invaluable and has helped shape, focus and refine our plans to create something, that we believe, is very special for the area and for Scotland.
“Our plans reflect the site’s strong inherent sustainability and our intent that it becomes an example of zero net carbon development for others to follow.
“Our green master plan, which sits at the heart of our proposals, puts great emphasis on retaining green space for the public, creating an outward-looking, nationally important parkland community that enhances and embraces its environment, breathing new life and diversity into underused and somewhat neglected land.”
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