Equestrian Centre

The owner of a large part of the former Cochnohill Farm made a planning application in January 2004 (No DC03-399) to develop an Equestrian Centre and manager's accommodation. Clydebelt expressed reservations, which we maintained after the applicant attended the Clydebelt Committee meeting on 15th June 2004. The proposal included:

Development and Environmental Services director Dan Henderson reported to the Planning Committee "The proposal would involve the creation of an entirely new group of buildings on a relatively prominent Green Belt site, remote from existing development, and would in addition involve a permanent new dwelling for which sufficient justification does not currently exist."

But members of WDC Planning Committee visited the site, and Councillors Linda McColl, Denis Agnew, Dennis Brogan and Provost Macdonald went against normal practice - they ignored the official's recommendations and granted permission. The Clydebank Post of 12 August 2004 reported that Provost Alistair Macdonald said : "I was on the site visit with other members and it confirmed my original opinion. Having looked at the site in more detail, I think this is an excellent example of agricultural stewardship of the land. It is not something which is infringing on the environment of the area. The field for this project is a rubble field and by no stretch of the imagination would it be agricultural land. It would be nonsense to suggest it would have a stable of 24 or 28 horses without supervision. If the land were to be turned into grazing for sheep or cows it is inevitable that there would have to be a shepherd's house or a cow herd's house."

Clydebelt agrees with the planning officer's recommendation, and we regard the provost's comments as wrong. We consider that:

No development has yet taken place, and in february 2006 this land was advertised for sale, with the various development consents.

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