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MSP Backs Residents
MSP John Pentland joined forces with local residents to leaflet every house in Overtown to alert them to the planning application that will see 800 houses built on greenbelt land near the village.
The Motherwell and Wishaw MSP said that he had written the letter to constituents in the area because he felt that the size and impact of the development was so big that people should be told directly.
Labour MSP John said: “Applicants for planning permission are obliged to notify neighbouring properties only if they are within twenty metres of the site being developed.
“I reckon that’s less than 10 per cent of households in Overtown. That’s why I am bringing it to the attention of Overtown residents who live more than twenty metres away.
“This development will have a huge impact on all who live in Overtown and Gowkthrapple.
“Not only will it take away the greenbelt between Overtown and Wishaw, it will hugely increase the number of houses in the area, increasing pressures on local services and causing disruption during construction.
“Significantly, similar applications were refused in the late 90s on greenbelt and landscape value grounds.
“Of course, we need more housing – but there are other sites that have been designated for housing, which could be developed rather than eating into the greenbelt.”
John added that he hoped that people would now look at the plans and make comments on the proposals to ensure that their views were taken into account when the council considers the application.
The MSP’s action comes a week afte the council’s Learning and Leisure Services department have formally objected to the proposals.
A council spokesman said that the department had objected to the proposal on the grounds that the new multi-million pound Clyde Valley High School would not be able to cope with the additional pupils, as its capacity was based on the known housing land allocations in the catchment area.