Supreme Court upholds approval of 99 new homes in Clydebank

Supreme Court upholds approval of 99 new homes in Clydebank

The UK Supreme Court

A bid by West Dunbartonshire Council to overturn the Scottish Government’s approval of 99 homes on greenbelt land in Clydebank has been refused by the UK Supreme Court.

Councillors had unanimously opposed the original plans by Barratt Homes for the development at Duntiglennan Fields.

The application was then approved by a Scottish Government planning reporter due to there being a short-term lack of new private homes in the region.

The Court of Session agreed in October 2021, and then refused to let the appeal reach the Supreme Court.

West Dunbartonshire Council then asked the Supreme Court directly, but it refused to take up the case, the Clydebank Post reports.

Lord Hodge, Lord Leggatt and Lady Rose said permission was refused “because the application does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance”.

It means the original broad planning application goes ahead and councillors will next consider a detailed plan from Barratt, submitted earlier this year.

Papers published for the upcoming planning committee this month state: “This decision means that the council has exhausted legal routes to appeal the granting of planning permission in principle for residential development on Duntiglennan Fields, therefore planning permission for application DC19/203 remains granted.”

Provost Douglas McAllister, who represents the Kilpatrick ward where the development will happen, said: “I’m incredibly disappointed that leave to appeal was refused.

“We felt we had prepared a case which was of significant public interest and would at least be heard.

“We had cross-party support to proceed to the Supreme Court and the council was committed to the financial costs involved with the application to the Supreme Court.

“I know that the residents of Duntocher and Hardgate will be hugely frustrated to learn that the Supreme Court won’t consider the matter.”

David Scott, managing director of Barratt Developments West Scotland, said: “Barratt Developments welcomes the Supreme Court decision that recognises there is no legal basis for challenge in the general public interest for the proposed development at Farm Road, Duntocher.

“The plans bring almost 100 much-needed high quality new homes to the area that will in turn boost the local economy and provide employment opportunities in West Dunbartonshire.

“We look forward to working with planning officials and the local community in progressing the detail of our proposals.”

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