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Housing Plans To Be Redrawn


22/07/16


The company behind the controversial Gilbertfield Road housing development is remaining tight-lipped about proposed changes to the site.

Persimmon Homes, which submitted a planning application to South Lanarkshire Council for the 437-home development at Cairns at the end of last year, has confirmed it is submitting fresh drawings after concerns were raised about flooding.

The developer said it was looking again at the development but failed to set out its planned changes to address concerns, raised earlier by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Doug Law from the housing company said: “We have been in continual consultation with South Lanarkshire Council and are in the process of resubmitting their layout.”


The news comes as SEPA says there is a medium to high risk of flooding at Gilbertfield and that additional information provided by Persimmon failed to allay their concerns.

In a letter of objection to the plan SEPA said: “The proposals should be amended to avoid development within the areas identified as being at flood risk.

“There is a potential flood risk to low-lying parts of the site adjacent to Gilbertfield Road as a result of the Gilbertfield Burn culvert being undersized. The level of Gilbertfield Road at this point is approximately 69.1m above ordnance datum, which we view as an approximate flood relief level.

“However, there are low-lying parts of the site to the east and west of this channel which are located at a lower elevation and may therefore be at risk of flooding.

“The current proposed development layout includes housing units in these areas.

“We note this is not an example of the avoidance principle, which we would seek given the site is undeveloped/sparsely developed.

“As such, we require the development to be modified such that no development is proposed in the areas identified as being at flood risk by the flood risk assessment.”


Concerns raised by SEPA are shared by many of the 942 people who signed a petition calling for the planning application to be thrown out.

They too raised concerns about flooding, noise pollution, former illegal mining and traffic congestion on Gilbertfield Road.

Protesters say the development - incorporating two-bed apartments, two and three-bed terraced, three-bed semi-detached and three, four and five-bedroom detached properties - will put too much strain on the local infrastructure.


Stephen Towill of the Save Gilbertfield Road campaign said SEPA vindicated much of what campaigners have argued since the planning application was submitted.

He said: “The whole area is unsuitable for housing.

“The ground may not be stable, especially as there has been so much unmarked mining in the area. There has been illegal mining and some of that is 200 metres deep.

“As soon as they hit the fields and start ploughing it up with machinery it will shake the foundations of neighbouring homes. It could cause structural damage to my home.

“A lot of developers are buying up land that’s sought after because it’s so attractive but we want that land to be protected for future generations as green space.”


A spokeswoman for South Lanarkshire Council said Cambuslang residents would be given an opportunity to comment on any revised plans submitted if they represent a significant departure from the original proposals.”