North Kelvin Meadow planning alert

Added on Monday 28 May 2012

North Kelvin campaigners aiming to stop a council-backed private developer from "wrecking" local community space created from waste ground say the next few weeks could prove crucial for the area.

They've urged local people to study the details of a revised plan that's set to be considered by the council's planning committee.

The grass roots residents campaign has been at loggerheads with both the council and developer New City Vision over plans they argue will destroy a key local amenity, although NCV claims its housing scheme will actually benefit the area. The campaigners say the former waste ground site had become a derelict drugs den before they took action four years ago, and say local people are horrified at plans to build 90 new homes - scaled down from 115 homes - on the site. The row is one of several high profile disputes between West End residents and developers aiming to create new housing in already densely-populated local areas.

Last year campaigners in Otago Lane won high profile political backing for their bid to preserve the amenity of the Lane against an ambitious newbuild plan for homes on the banks of the Kelvin.