Gillian Mackay, Scottish Greens’ MSP for central Scotland, has submitted a formal objection to a development plan between Calderbank and Carnbroe which she says “would change the local landscape forever”.
Orchard Brae, the company behind EuroPark’s proposal, said their “updated and improved” 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 highlighted how local activists say the recent revised development proposals “still do not meet the needs or wants of the community and will result in the removal of ancient forests and years of history.”
The MSP told Lanarkshire Live: “I have received a large volume of correspondence from constituents in North Lanarkshire who share very serious concerns regarding this request.
“The request runs counter to the adopted North Lanarkshire Local Plan and the New Amended North Lanarkshire Local Development Plan. In both plans, the proposed site is designated as a green belt.
“This is an ancient wooded area, rich in history, which is loved and cherished by those who reside nearby. It provides a space where people improve their physical and mental health by walking, running and cycling, and is home to abundant wildlife.
“I support the residents and conservation group Woodhall, Faskine and Palacecraig who rightly point out that this green belt area must be protected for future generations.”
In her planning objection to EuroPark’s plans, Ms Mackay said: “The North Lanarkshire Council recently declared a climate emergency and I think if that means anything it has to mean that development has to benefit communities it must protect green spaces and maximize the likelihood of active travel and the use of public transport.
“Overall, I think this proposal will have a negative impact on the quality of residential life. With this in mind, I hope that the views of the community and groups like Woodhall, Faskine and Palacecraig Conservation Group will be heard loud and clear.
“This proposal must be opposed.”
Commenting previously, Stephen Tucker, senior planner and spokesperson for Orchard Brae, said: “The feedback from 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 region and for Scotland.
“Our plans reflect the strong sustainability inherent in the site and our intention for it to become an example of net zero carbon development for others to follow.
“Our green master plan, which is at the heart of our proposals, emphasizes the preservation of green spaces for the public, the creation of an outward-looking community of parks of national significance that enhances and embraces its environment, breathing new life and diversity into underused areas. and somewhat neglected land.
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