At least three new homes could be developed on a Clydebank site historically used as a kennel and poultry farm.
A pre-planning application has been approved by members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s planning committee for the residential development on the grassland next to No.8 Cochno Holdings.
A supporting statement made to the local authority says the site could accommodate up to three or four homes, which would include vehicular access to the site from Cochno Road.
So far, 11 opponents have raised concerns that the application was not in line with the local development plan.
They also say there would be an impact on road safety and residential amenities and that new homes are not needed in the area.
At Wednesday’s planning committee, Housing Organizing Councilor Diane Docherty, filed a motion to deny the request.
She said: “The proposed development would be contrary to the policy which restricts development on the green belt, which would have a negative effect on the character of the landscape.
“The use of the adjacent land for a new access road is considered unacceptable and I agree with the comments that have been made here about this constant small foray into these types of landscapes.
“People say it’s good because it’s only two or three houses but who will be the next to develop two or three houses?”
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While advisers agreed with her, some still wanted to see a full application before making their final decision.
SNP adviser Ian Dixon said: “I am prepared to approve this request in principle. Comments and concerns about privacy are a red herring at this point.
“They can just put a little bungalow here for all we know and that would be dealt with in a full application and I’m happy to see that at a later date.”
Following a roll-call vote, the majority of councilors agreed to approve the request. A full application will now be presented to the committee in due course.