Plans to build on greenbelt land in Houston has been met with controversy.

Local Councillor Stuart Clark has lodged a formal objection to the application which proposes 20 detached houses be built at a site between Lonend Cottage and Woodend Lodge at Houston Road in the village.

The proposal has been submitted by CALA Homes. The land was approved by the Scottish Government to be zoned for housing, following their acceptance of Renfrewshire Council’s Local Development Plan.

This has not went down will with local residents with fears of potential flooding in the village.

Two greenbelt sites have been approved for development, including land at the east of Fleming Road.

Scottish Water has recently said the area needs an upgrade to the water network of more than £1 million to prevent the flooding in the area.

Stuart Clark, Labour councillor for Houston, Crosslee and Linwood, told local newspaper The Gazette “We have two other housing applications within the village, on brownfield sites at the former Urquhart and Killallan Houses, with this application too we will be talking about an extra 50 houses being built in Houston.

“I am not against development in principle, but it needs to be measured and sensible. Building on greenbelt land while there are still infrastructure concerns is not sensible and I believe it should be opposed.”

Local resident Stephen Wright expressed concerns about the greenbelt application, saying: “When there are brownfield sites up for development and other sites such as the large brownfield Merchiston site just up the road I do not think it should be deemed necessary to lose greenbelt to the village forever.”

A spokesman for CALA Home said they will listen and engage with the local community.