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Opposition towards 39 proposed housing sites goes viral

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011.
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NORTH Lanarkshire's Local Plan is currently under investigation by Scottish Government Ministers who will report back soon with their final decision on whether or not to add thirty-nine proposed housing development sites to the Cumbernauld Housing Sub Market Area (HSMA).
The Local Plan area covers Auchinloch, Banton, Chryston, Croy, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Mollinsburn, Moodiesburn, Muirhead, Queenzieburn and Stepps and the 39 proposed sites could see 10'963 built.
However, North Lanarkshire Council believe that the existing potential sites are already sufficient "to meet existing requirements."
North Lanarkshire Council's Business Manager of Strategic Planning, Lorna Bowden, commented:
"North Lanarkshire Council maintains that the sites currently identified for potential development in the Finalised Draft North Lanarkshire Local Plan are sufficient to meet existing requirements. The house builders’ representative body disagrees."
So far, this year, Scottish Government Reporters have announced that further investigations and assessment will have to take place in the 39 proposed housing sites, although North Lanarkshire Council "maintains its opposition to the development of the additional sites.”, Lorna continued:
"The Scottish Government Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals is now undertaking a consultation exercise regarding a proposed additional 39 potential house building sites in the North Area. The council maintains its opposition to the development of the additional sites.”

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However, it seems that it’s not just North Lanarkshire Council who are opposed to the development of the additional sites.
A Facebook profile has been launched, asking people to join the profile if they feel that the development should not go ahead and that the thirty-nine proposed sites should not be added to North Lanarkshire Council's Finalised Local Plan draft.
Also commenting, Local MSP, Jamie Hepburn, said: "I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have serious concerns regarding the proposed designation of land near them for housing development.”
“These are the people who would be most affected by the proposed development so it is only right that their voices be heard and their concerns be taken seriously.” 
“I share many of the concerns raised by my constituents and have made this clear in my response to the DPEA’s reporter.”
“The whole planning process is designed to take into account the views and concerns of local people and I hope that this is reflected in the outcome of the consultation.”

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