Homes ruled out ahead of schools provision

In dismissing plans for 67 houses near Glasgow, a report has rejected the developer's suggestion that children could be bussed to schools further afield until a new school is built in the area.

The site formed part of a much larger area identified for new growth, which required approval of a masterplan to ensure that two new primary schools - one non-denominational and one denominational - were provided. The council stated that no residential units should be started until the denominational school had been built and the number of housing units should be limited to 38 until the non-denominational school had opened.

The appellants responded that there were no firm delivery plans for the second school and they were not prepared to accept a restriction on the number of homes that could be occupied until its was built. As an alternative, they proposed to bus children to other schools elsewhere until August 2019.

This was not a sustainable option, the reporter decided. He noted that windfall housing sites might be permitted that would reduce the projected capacity of schools identified by the appellant as suitable to receive children living on the appeal site. He found that it would be socially disruptive to transport children to and from schools outside their locality, especially when they would have to change schools by September 2019. The council’s request for a restriction on the number of homes was reasonable and proportionate, he ruled.

He was also concerned that the proposals did not provide a required ten-metre buffer between the homes and the M77 motorway. A proposed acoustic barrier would not mitigate motorway noise and would affect some residents’ outlook, he observed. Inadequate information on the proposed drainage strategy for the site also counted against the scheme, he decided.

Reporter: Martin Seddon; Written representations

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