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Some of the many objectors to the housing development
Some of the many objectors to the housing development

A GROUP of Motherwell residents have called on North Lanarkshire’s councillors to represent their views after feeling let down by the planning department.

On Wednesday, July 20, a site visit and hearing will take place to decide the fate of Kiltane Property Ltd’s proposal to build a new development on land adjacent to Lawson Avenue.

In 2007 an application for six houses and a full access road was granted, but this new development will feature 14 houses, four blocks of cottages flats, a car park for 40 vehicles and a single track access road.

This attracted nearly 70 objections from residents living in Lawson Avenue, North Lodge Avenue, Cherry Walk, John Murray Court, Lime Grove, Almond Way, Hazel Gardens and Ferguson Drive as well as Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Alan Valentine and animal charity Scottish Badgers.

Comments were also made by Greenspace, Scottish Natural Heritage and the RSPB in relation to the impact on flora and fauna with the site being so close to the Baron’s Haugh nature reserve.

Stephen Moore, who lives at 7 Lawson Avenue, said: “Earlier in the year we were aware that the head of planning had written to Kiltane saying what they had proposed wasn’t suitable so we didn’t think they’d enjoy any success by merely removing two houses from the plan.

“The new plan didn’t do anything to take into account the issue with the access road, the car park or the threat to the nature reserve so understandably you could have knocked us down with a feather when we discovered the planning department had recommended it for acceptance.”

Full story in July 14 edition of Motherwell Times