Houston councillor to hold public meeting regarding housing development

A Houston councillor has called for a public meeting at the Carrick Centre to discuss the potential housing developments in the village.

Councillor Alison Ann-Dowling, Labour and Co-op Councillor for Houston, Crosslee and Linwood, has called a town hall meeting after concerns and questions were raised to her about the works.

The public meeting will be held at the centre on Wednesday, August 24 from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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The meeting is said to be taking place to ensure that constituents have all the information that they need to respond to the planning application proposal if they wish to submit their views.

Alison Ann-Dowling said: “I’ve called a public meeting in conjunction with Houston Community Council in response to the many constituents who have contacted me regarding the latest potential housing development in Houston.

“A Stewart Milne representative and council planning officials will be on the panel to provide information and answer questions from the public. My aim in holding the meeting is to make sure constituents have all the information they need to enable them to respond effectively to the planning application proposal when it’s submitted, should they wish to submit their views.

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“Constituents have raised concerns about building on greenbelt land, particularly land that is still in productive farming use such as the west of Barochan Road site. Concerns about the impact on local infrastructure such as schools, GP services and roads of another housing development in Houston have also been raised.”

Residents have also expressed concern about how the developments will affect the traffic and how the village centre will be able to cope with the potential rise of cars on the road.

Alison added: “It’s clear from the large number of approximately 700 responses from the public to the developer’s pre-planning application consultation that there is a great deal of public interest in this proposed development. I anticipate a large turnout for the public meeting and I hope that everyone who attends will find it useful.”

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Daily Record – Paisley