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Clydebank 2002/4 Local Plan Review

Amalgamation of Clydebank and Dumbarton District Councils led to a different set of local priorities, and new Councillors.

Clydebelt sent in written answers to the Council's questions in the review of the Clydebank Local Plan in November 1999. The main issues that concerned us are:

Since then we have sent in very detailed representations and observations.

Many of Clydebelt's main objections and reservations on the Clydebank Local Plan Review, sent 15th May 2002, were taken into account by the planners. A modified Local Plan was produced in March 2003. Dalmuir Park, Golf Course and Auchentoshan Estate had been removed from Green Belt and Auchentoshan identified for housing. But these were now reinstated in Green Belt in the plan. But there were still some objections and reservations on the modifications,which were sent in on 23rd April.

There was a Public Inquiry into the Clydebank Local Plan from 4 - 21 November 2003. The outcome was announced in April 2004.

Clydebelt presented objections to the Public Inquiry, concerning
Green Belt: on the wording of policy GB1
housing: retaining site at Kilbowie Road roundabout as green open space
supermarket policies: on Retail Developments outwith the Town Centre

Other objectors wanted to remove land from Green Belt and identify it for housing at:
• Braidfield Farm
• south and west of Carleith Primary school
• Rubilyn Kennels (8 Holdings), Cochno Road, Hardgate
• another site in Cochno Road
Others objected that the preference for housing development on brownfield land is contrary to the spirit of national guidance and Structure Plan policies, and to the inclusion of the term wildlife corridors insofar as it relates to the River Clyde and its tributary burns as a wildlife corridor.

Clydebelt won some and lost some. The Council adopted the new Local Plan on 15th September 2004.

• Braidfield Farm to remain in Green Belt
• Carleith Farm to remain in Green Belt
• Land at Mount Pleasant south of Boulevard to remain in Green Belt
• Land at Mount Pleasant farm to remain as Green Belt, but not to become a major recreational facility.
• Wording of Green Belt policy to be modified as acceptable to Clydebelt.
• Wording of policy on retail developments out of town centre to be modified as closer to Clydebelt's recommendation.
• Reporter recommended redesignating the former Yarrow playing field from a Recreational Site to a Redevelopment Opportunity Site, but the Council will not do so, agreeing with Clydebelt's objection

• No change to Boulevard/Kilbowie Road site being zoned for 80 houses etc (although reporter sympathetic to Clydebelt's proposals for a good looking entrance to Clydebank).
• Land at Cochno Road (see plan) to be removed from from Green Belt and put into the Schedule for Housing - 40 houses.
• Reporter recommended identifying River Clyde's tributary burns (as wildlife corridors), but Council not willing to do so.

For future use we have copied the policy emerging after the Inquiry on Green Belt, Scenic Areas and Sustainable Development and on housing.

We objected to the recommendations of the Inquiry report chapter on Cochno Road - see a Summary of Clydebelt's objections to proposed post-Inquiry modifications to the Clydebank Local Plan.

Because the Cochno Road site includes an edge of the Green Belt, on the very fringe of urban development, it is most important not to redesignate. Many parts of this fringe have been identified by occupiers or developers as potentially profitable development land. The owners often deliberately let them become unattractive. But the Green Belt must have a boundary, and the fact that a site is on a boundary cannot be an argument for shifting the boundary.

Clydebelt members value the Wildlife Corridors in the Plan area, and regard it as essential to maintain the integrity of the tributary burns as Wildlife Corridors from the River Clyde up into their sources in the Kilpatrick Hills. Members insist that wildlife needs a whole corridor uninterrupted by any development, and that the corridors need to be wider than the immediate banks of the burns.

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