There is a meeting tomorrow to show plans for a new housing development in Elderslie.
The new houses will be built on a greenbelt area and so far as been met with fierce opposition by local residents.
It’s believed 367 local residents have launched objections against plans to build 140 homes near Abbey Road.
Renfrewshire Council has declared the land as a possible site for expansion to meet the demand for new homes and Dawn Homes will hold an exhibition of plans for the proposed new residential development tomorrow.
This is just a planning idea at this stage and planning has not yet been granted.
Some of the reasons submitted by residents for asking the Council not to go-ahead with the development are a rise in house prices, over-subscription to the nearby Wallace Primary School and an increase in traffic through the village.
Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, said any objections would be considered by a Scottish Government Reporter.
He said: “Renfrewshire needs more homes. The council’s preferred locations for new housing developments are on brown field sites, however there isn’t enough brown field land available to meet all of Renfrewshire’s housing needs.
“So a small number of green belt sites have been identified in the Local Development Plan for homes.
“One of these is at Abbey Road, in Elderslie, where it is understood that Dawn Construction would like to build around 140 homes.
“The green belt around our towns is there to prevent sporadic development into our countryside and to help focus attention on regeneration and brown field development.
“When the council reviews its Local Development Plan every five years, we need to judge if enough land has been identified for new housing within our towns and villages to meet future housing needs.
“Where there isn’t enough, the council must identify some green belt land that would be appropriate for development.
“We haven’t had to take these decisions often in Renfrewshire but, as the Plan must take a view about development up to 2025, we have had to consider where we think our existing communities will need to grow in the future.”
You can go to the Village Hall, Stoddart Square, Elderslie any time from tomorrow (Monday 19th January 2015) between 12.30pm and 7.30pm.