Minutes of special LCC meeting - 9 August 2022
CC members present:
Steve Banks (secretary, chair for this evening), Karen Malcolm (Treasurer), Kerry McKenrick, Ross Anderson, Dick Graham, Duncan Adam, Kerr Bryson, Cllr Andy Doig, Cllr Chris Gilmour
Apologies: Patrick, Shona, Paddy, Jeanette, Liz, Marion, Cllr Emma Rodden, Cllr Gillian Graham
Members of the public present (21):
Doreen Hutton, Colin Hutton, Arthur Donachie, Fiona Young, David Fowles, Clare Gibbons, Diane McIroy, Robert McIlroy, Margaret Brine, Suzanne Pryde, Steward Cameron, Sheila McCosh, Rachel Robertson, Keith Robertson, Graeme Skelton, Alex Ward, Sheila Ward, David Hughes, Ciaran Camplisson, Donna Hood
Intro from Kerry McKendrick:
Proposed development does not comply with LDP as within Greenbelt, but special consideration will be given due to EV charging points
Auchenhain a bad access point, already difficult to access the A737
Retail area of 500m2 is too big
A pedestrian crossing is required between the bus stops, any development should incorporate this
Cllr Andy Doig:
Cannot express an opinion on the application as may de-bar him from voting on this application at the planning board
Application has been ‘called in’ ie will no longer be decide by planning officers but will be put to the planning board.
He requested the deadline be extended due to holidays and short notice, deadline has been moved from 24th August to 7th September 2022.
Cllr Chris Gilmour:
Also cannot express an opinion as he too is on the planning board.
If rejected at planning board, will then go to the full council and if rejected can be appealed at Scot Govt
Colin Hutton (resident close to Roadhead)
Concerned about impact on water supply, which is supplied via a borehole, not mains.
Have RSPB been consulted?
Concerns around proposed access onto A737, very difficult with currently volumes of traffic
Issues around wildlife, eg, deer, nesting buzzards nearby, also within Semple Trail
How will employees commute to new development with no future bus service
Litter is currently an issue and will get worse
Wrong location – there is already a site at the airport
Proposed electric charging points are not rapid, ie. Less environmental impact
Concerns of affect on wildlife
Potential for contamination of soil from fuel
Beith residents will be affected by construction disruption
Queried ownership of field. Kerry – usual practice is for an option however confirmed that land does not have to be owned by the planning applicant.
Concerns the electric charging is not the main priority of the applicant, but the development of a retail park
The holding company Eurogarages already own such a site in Paisley which is not on greenbelt, this could be developed instead
Eurogarages have a retail park at Lomond Gate with a Greggs, Starbucks, Costa, Brewers Fayre – concerns the propose development will grow into this
Possibly potential for future housing and further development
Duncan Adams (cc member)
Queried if the site is within Clyde Murshiel Regional Park land
If so, no development which is not related to park activities can be permitted
Davy Hughes (Newton of Belltrees resident)
Only safe exit from N of Belltrees is via Auchengrange Hill, can currently take 5-10 mins to access roundabout.
Ross Anderson (cc member)
Main issue is that it is Greenbelt and we should protect this
Impact of the lighting will be huge and permanent
It is a commercial development in the wrong place
Diane McIlroy (resident close to Roadhead)
3 residential properties at the roundabout, all have been landscaped within greenbelt guidelines
They have had issues with existing lighting at the roundabout shining into windows, only resolved after contact local MSP
Increased lighting and noise pollution is a major concern and will affect quality of life of residents there
They regularly have to clean up after lorries churn up the dirt and leave a mess
Dick Graham (cc member)
Proposal is environmentally flawed – will be biggest user of energy in the area and will have a huge impact on Renfrewshire Coucils net zero carbon emission target
Better to have charging points in Lochwinnoch instead to bring trade into the village for local shops and businesses
Ciaran Camplisson (civil engineer)
Pro certain elements of the proposal, eg. Electrical charging points
Many questions arising from the reports included in the application in relation to sewage treatment, effect on water sources, road crossing issues and so on
Steve Banks – Chair
Put to the meeting who was against the proposal and was anyone for it. No-one present voiced their full support for the application, and most people present indicated they would be submitting an objection.
Decision therefore was that although representation at the meeting was likely to be skewed towards those who object to the proposals, the amount of comments and communications around this would suggest the CC should oppose the development on behalf of the community and submit and objection to the development in full, a main reason for this being it’s location on greenbelt land.
30 objections already in, but there is no max threshold which triggers a rejection of the application
Emailing objections in possible better option with 5 or 6 main points linked to Local Development Plan policy
A737 is a road with a high amount of accidents, this could be relevant
Water voles are present in the burn near to the Roadhead Roundabout