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A NEW group has sprung up on social networking site, Facebook, asking people to "friend" the group if they believe that North Lanarkshire Council's provisional plans to create 11'541 new dwelling around the Cumbernauld area is wrong.
Most of the new housing areas will be built on greenbelts and an examination of North Lanarkshire Council's "Local Plan" is currently being evaluated ad by the Scottish Government's Directorate of Environmental and Planning Appeals.
Whilst most of North Lanarkshire Council's finalised "Local Plan" is up for public debate, unresolved issues are being investigated by an independent Scottish Government Reporter. The Reporter’s findings and recommended changes to the plan will be advertised before the Plan is adopted and put into action.
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However, the sharing of the link to Lanarkshire.com's "Local Plan" page has caused an uproar in the Facebook ranks.
Whilst most people agreed that the need for housing in Cumbernauld and the surrounding area is great, some members couldn't agree on the facilities that will be needed to fuel the new housing areas.
The debate led to the creation of the "Save Our Greenbelt" profile, which says that: "The greenbelt surrounding our villages should be preserved and protected as should the natural habitat of local wildlife and the availability of wooded and open green areas. Please join in the fight to save the greenbelt and encourage any neighbours or friends who may be affected to have their say."
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