Community woodland and park loss to housing denied

The Scottish Ministers have refused to grant permission for the erection of 90 dwellings on an area of community woodland and park in a Glasgow conservation area agreeing with a reporter that it would lead to a net reduction in the amount of open space in the area.

A reporter decided that although the applicant proposed to provide a small area of communal space within the planned development and to upgrade existing sports pitches, this would not offset the loss of the site which provided a different type of green infrastructure from other types in the locality. The land was used by local community groups for a variety of recreational and educational purposes and by local residents including small children and the elderly.  It would lead to the loss of 18 protected trees and their replacement with eight semi-mature limes would fail to ensure that the habitat was protected. Nor would it protect the character of the conservation area and would result in the loss of grassland which was important for biodiversity.

Reporter: Michael Cunliffe; Hearing

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