Fallout in South Queensferry over housing proposal

Angry residents are up in arms about a proposal to build up to 500 houses in the South Scotstoun area – arguing it is “disrespectful” to the community.

Taylor Wimpey is holding two events in Queensferry Community High School on Wednesday, September 2, from 4.30pm to 8pm and Saturday, September 5, from 10am to 1pm.

The builder said it wanted to keep the community informed of its plans, as well as to listen to the views of the residents before reaching the planning application stage.

However, Keith Giblett, chairman of Queensferry and District Community Council, is firmly against the plans.

He said: “We feel that Taylor Wimpey is trying to force this application through and that the engagement consultation events are just for them, a tick box exercise.”

The community council believes Taylor Wimpey is undermining the Placemaking Consultation Event that took place to allow the public to voice their opinions on what should happen to the site.

Mr Giblett said: “The council contests that the developer is disengaging the community by disregarding the Placemaking Event and is making no efforts at all to include the views and comments made by the community.”

The community council hopes to have the planned consultations cancelled and has proposed a consultation with Taylor Wimpey instead.