Proposal 24th June 2016 - Bridge of Weir Community Council

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Development Proposal at Whitelint Gate

A planning proposal (in principle) has been submitted to Renfrewshire Council to develop the Whitelint Gate site on the eastern edge of the village.
The map opposite shows the extent of the site and an outline of the proposed development. The land is currently designated as green belt in Renfrewshire Council’s Local Development Plan.

The proposal is for a retail development comprising:

2200 sq.m retail space
A four pump petrol filling station
176 car parking spaces
Cycle hub

The Application, dated 7th June 2016, (notified to the cc and public on week ending 24th June) was submitted by Patterson Partners East Dykes Gilmourton Strathaven
The proposed access is via a new round-a-bout on Johnstone Road.

(Information on how to appeal this planning proposal is shown below)
Notes to assist in making an objection to Planning Application No. 16/0423/PP – Retail development at Whitelint Gate, Bridge of Weir.

The community council urge you to object to this development which was the subject of much discussion at a meeting held on Tuesday 5th July 2016 and attended by over 60 residents.
Objections can be made by any of the following methods.
• By writing to the Director of Planning, Renfrewshire House, Cotton St, Paisley, PA1
• By e-mail to quoting case officer: Ms C Murray
• By using Renfrewshire Council’s on line planning appeals web page. You can access this via the council’s web site, , select the box ‘Search for Planning applications and Appeals’ then in the search box, input the application number – 16/0423/PP. This takes you to the application data. Select ‘make a public comment’ and input the information requested and, when finished’ select ‘Submit’

The following are suggestions that you may wish to use in your objection. You don’t have to use them. You may have other valid reasons for objecting to this development and that is OK.
If objecting, you have until the end of July to submit it to Renfrewshire Council.
Anyone wishing to object, but not confident in writing their own letter, can get help from a community councillor by visiting ‘The Bridge community centre’ on Monday 18th July between 10:00am and 12:00 noon.

1 Proposals are contrary to Renfrewshire Council’s policy ENV1 on green belt and the local development plan (LDP).

2 This development, lying to the edge of the village, will have an adverse impact on the village shops and will lead to empty retail units in the village centre.

3 This site is ‘contaminated land’ and disturbance during construction may result in leaching of chemicals to the nearby River Gryffe.

4 The proposed road access fails to integrate this development with the village.

5 If approved, this will open the door to further housing on the adjacent ground owned by the current owner which will impact on schools, GP services and add to road congestion.

6 Nuisance (eg noise) from the large car park planned at rear of Gorse Cresc is inevitable.

7 The planned round-a-bout will require engineering work which will affect the setting of the entrance to the village, and combined with the road access to the retail unit, will lead to further pressure for housing in the area.

8 This round-a-bout will also compromise the old railway track bed, and therefore also compromise any future opportunity to bring back rail access between Kilmacolm and Glasgow.

9 There is a footpath through this area leading up to Johnstone Road, that has been used for more than 20 years, and should therefore be considered as a ‘Right of Way’

Please remember to use only the points you agree with and to put the points into your own words and add other points that you feel are relevant. E.g., you may wish to comment on the ground clearance that has taken place, and the adverse effect it has had on wild life. This site had regenerated over many years and supported a diverse range of birds, bats, rodents, deer etc.

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