Planning is a local issue insists MP

Commuter chaos is looming if planning issues are not resolved at local level insists Queensferry MP Mike Crockart.
Commuter chaos is looming if planning issues are not resolved at local level insists Queensferry MP Mike Crockart.
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Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has hit out at Scottish Government housing secretary Alex Neil for getting involved in local planning issues.

The Journal and Gazette revealed last week that Scottish Ministers were set to decide upon six contentious housing developments, one of which was the Burghmuir development in Linlithgow.

But the MP for Queensferry and Kirkliston is more concerned that ministers are now set to decide upon proposals for up to 2400 houses being built at Cammo and Maybury, as part of Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan Second Proposed Plan.

He claims giving the green light to these developments would have a hugely detrimental effect on commuters travelling into the city from Queensferry and Kirkliston.

Mr Crockart said: “I have been extremely firm and clear in my belief that no further development should happen in the west of the city until the major infra-structure issues are dealt with.

“These proposed developments will put immense pressure on the already overstretched local road network, schools, doctors and other local amenities.

‘‘By not dealing with the necessary infrastructure issues and allowing the development we would be at risk of creating chaos in the west of the city.

He added: ‘‘The decision of the housing secretary to intervene is extremely worrying as it ignores entirely the local planning process, imposing an assumption in favour of development regardless of the views of local people.

‘‘This is yet more evidence of the centralising nature of the SNP Government. Planning decisions should be taken locally as only local people know the misery they can cause.”

The MP added: ‘‘Queensferry Road and St John’s Road already regularly top the league tables for the most congested roads in Scotland causing commuting misery to residents in Kirkliston and Queensferry.

‘‘It’s difficult to see how, with 700 more houses in Cammo, 1700 in Maybury ,and the 1500 proposed for South Queensferry, people will manage to get their cars out of their drives, never mind through the Barnton junction, at rush hour.’’